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ILLINOIS 








E LT 
SETTLERS 
IN SOUTHERN 
ILLINOIS 


By Byron L. Evers 


In corroboration with Mary Evers 
& many cousins 


FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY 
35 NORTH WEST TEMPLE ST 



SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84150 


Copyright © 2009 by Byron L. Evers 
byronevers@gmail.com 


All rights reserved. No part of Evers: Early Settlers In Southern Illinois book 
and accompanying CD may be reproduced in any form or by any manner - graphic, 
electonic, or mechanical, including photocopying, digital, recording, taping, or 
information and retrival systems - without written permission of the publisher. 

A reviewer may quote brief passages in a review. Materials in the genealogy section 
are copyrighted by Mary Parks Evers. 

Library of Congress Cataloging Number 
2009933074 


Evers, Byron L. 

Evers: Early Settlers in Southern Illinois: A history and genealogy of 
pioneers in the 1800s just as Illinois Territory was becoming the 21st state 
in the nation. The book was written in corroboration with Mary Parks Evers, 
who has a genealogy in Chapter 24 covering 10 generations of the Evers 
family from the 1700s through 2009. Edited by Georgia Evers Wiedeman 
Blue. 

ISBN 978-0-9816018-2-3 


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COVER: James A.L. Evers (1843-1910), and his sons 

Luther L., James O., Hubert H., and Albert W. 

Cover design assisted by Dan Dawson 


Table of Contents 


Evers Pioneer Art iv 

Preface vii 

Acknowledgements ix 

Ch. 1 - Overview: Everses Settling in Massac Before Metropolis 1 

Ch. 2 - A Century With James Paul Evers 19 

Ch. 3 - Tough, Happy Life for Brothers & Sisters 27 

Ch. 4 - Plow Through Depression to Shining Sea 57 

Ch. 5 - Something About Our Family History (1931) 84 

Ch. 6 - Slow Learner Becomes 'Dean of Education' 99 

Ch. 7 - Minister's Metropolis Memoirs 122 

Ch. 8 - The Rest of the Story 150 

Ch. 9 -The Dolls 167 

Ch. 10 - A Family History... of Sort 173 

Ch. 11 - Surviving Sinking Ships During WWII 196 

Ch. 12 - Adventurous Harriett 201 

Ch. 13 - A Family of Educators 206 

Ch. 14 - Hubert WWI & Charles WWII 214 

Ch. 15 - Lower Salem: On A Hill, Far Away 220 

Ch. 16 - Cynthia & John Elope in 1827 228 

Ch. 17 - Attorney Discusses Slavery, Civil War, 231 

Steamboat Captains & Good Husbands 

Ch. 18 - Educational Whipping at Schoolhouse; 236 

Union & Confederate Cousins Don’t Mix 

Ch. 19 - Pulaski's Harry Takes You Down Memory Lane 241 

Ch. 20 - John A. Evers’ 1857 Letter & Others 250 

Ch. 21 - Connecting Cousins 279 

Ch. 22 - Evers Recipes 308 

Ch. 23 - Your Ancestor Charts 313 

Ch. 24 - Genealogy by Mary Parks Evers 316 



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THE GREAT-GRANDSON of Luther L. Evers, Jim Wiedeman, shows what an- 
cestors may have been facing when they moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky 
and Southern Illinois in the early 1800s. Luther’s son Rolland , depicted above, 
drove a six-horse team pulling a wagon in the famous “How the West Was Won " 
MGM movie in 1963. The Academy Award winning film also included other 
scenes of families floating down the Ohio River and stopping at Cave-In-Rock, 
which is located northeast of Metropolis, III., near where many Everses settled. 

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Preface 


By Byron L. Evers 

The focus of this book is on the history of the Evers families who settled at the southern 
tip of Illinois near the Ohio River during the 1800s. 

The Everses were proud, unpretentious and well respected, with families settling into 
the tri-corner area where Massac, Johnson and Pulaski counties come together. While 
most were farmers, businessmen, and educators, others were elected officials, lawmen 
and ministers. Some of them and their descendants left a lasting impression on society. 
Author George W. May, on page 138 of his 1955 History of Massac County book, wrote, 
"Someone has said that probably no man in any capacity touched and influenced the lives 
of more young people of Massac County than did Luther Evers.” Luther served 20 years 
(1919-1939) as the Massac County superintendent of schools after previously teaching for 
16 years. 

The Evers surname makes up fewer than 1 0,000 of the more than 306 million Americans 
currently living in the United States. Statistically, it is only the 3,788 th most common last 
name according to Internet web site howmanyofme.com. Although there once were dozens 
of Evers families in the three counties, that is no longer the case. James Paul Evers, who 
died in 2007 just shy of his 100 th birthday, was the last one living in Massac who was a 
descendant of William Evers. There are a handful of local cousins known by other last 
names, but no Evers surnames. Hundreds of relatives are now living in other states and 
countries. They can trace their roots to this area before the Civil War, and some even before 
the town of Metropolis was established. 

There is no particular reason why the Everses are now located elsewhere. Certainly 
there is nothing wrong with the community, which is a wonderful place to raise a family. 
The gentle rolling hills and the beautiful Ohio River provide some of the most scenic sites 
one can find anywhere. Former president Thomas Jefferson described the Ohio as the most 
beautiful river on earth. There are friendly people living and working in Metropolis, which 
has leveled off with a population of around 7,000 for the past half-century. It has become 
known as the hometown of comic book hero Superman. A national study by the Wall Street 
Journal in 2008 pointed out that the two main reasons people move from one state to 
another are because of taxes and health. While some Everses may fall into those categories, 
many of them, their parents, and/or grandparents were seeking better career opportunities, 
or perhaps moving to be closer to other relatives. 

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It is human nature to want to know more about your heritage as you grow older and 
accumulate memorable moments of your own. Parents pass along bits of information, 
meaningful collector items, and sometimes interesting letters and photographs. With each 
generation, sometimes important information about forefathers becomes lost or forgotten. 
That brings us to the real reason as to why this book is being published. It is to help 
preserve what is known about the early Evers settlers for future generations. We want 
current families to be included (see Chapter 2 1 : Connecting Cousins) so they will be able 
to make connections with ancestors when it comes time for them to update with new 
information. 

As this book goes to publication, it is obvious that current and future generations will 
be facing some tremendous challenges. My daughter reminds me every now and then of 
how Americans sometimes forget about how blessed we are to grow up in this country. 
After reaching his 99th birthday, James Paul Evers marveled at how large a history book 
would be if he had to study about ail that had occurred during his lifetime. When Paul 
was born, Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, and he lived to see 18 
more presidents take office. The first Model Ts had not even rolled off Ford's assembly 
line yet. Where do you start with things he experienced such as GE revealing its first 
refrigerator, or the inventions of atomic weapons, television, computers, internet, space 
shuttles, strategic intercontinental nuclear ballistic missiles, and take your pick on which 
world wars. He saw them all. Whether you want changes or not is irrelevant, because life 
is going to be much different for our grandchildren. Our forefathers - and for that matter, 
most of us - never dreamed that in only a few months the government would so quickly 
take control of the private banking, housing, auto, and perhaps health care industries, the 
most expensive items on family budgets. With legislators passing these and other bills 
without even reading the content, who knows what future generations will experience? As 
comic strip character Charlie Brown might say, “Life is like an ice cream cone; you've got 
to learn to lick it.” We can enjoy some things, and then through the grace of our Heavenly 
Father, ask for the wisdom and strength to understand and meet the challenges when we do 
not see eye to eye on certain issues. Americans are a very mobile society today, thus few 
families are living dose enough to help each other the way they did decades ago. There 
is little doubt, however, that we will make time to assist, comfort, and visit our closest 
relatives and friends. 


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William Evers 


John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

James Paul Evers 

Byron L. Evers (1948- ) 



Acknowledgements 

By Byron L. Evers 

Y ou are holding this book because of the 5 Ih Commandment. EXODUS 20: 12 
‘'Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the 
land which the Lord your God is giving you. ’’ Just like when your parents had 
rules to protect you, such as look both ways before crossing a street, God provided the 10 
Commandments for us to live by. 

There are many people who helped make this publication possible. This is especially 
true for Mary Evers, wife of my cousin Mark. Mary has been dedicated to years of research 
in a genealogy that reaches back into the 1700s for 10 generations of the Evers family who 
lived at the southern tip of Illinois. You will find her genealogy section very informative. 

We are grateful for the editors of the Metropolis Planet and The Paducah Sun Times 
granting permission to use their materials, and appreciative of assistance from the historical 
societies in Massac and Southern Illinois. 

The publishing of this book fulfills a promise I made to my father, James Paul Evers, 
who knew that important, historical information was becoming lost with the passing of 
each generation. Recognizing that something really special could be done, we committed 


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to publishing as much as we could. There were many trips to libraries for research, and 
untold hours of interviews to collect and verify everything. Publishing a book is not a piece 
of cake, and it can be frustrating, time consuming, and costly. We had two computer hard 
drives that crashed, causing us to lose some things, and to completely redo others. But, like 
anything in life, the harder you work for something, the more it is appreciated. 

Others who started writing on the family include Luther L. Evers in the 1930s, James 
Pryor Evers in the 1940s, Harry Owen Evers, Sr. in the 1970s, and the Rev. Joseph C. Evers 
in the 1980s. Chapters on their writings and many others are included. After years of work, 
it is time to finish this daunting challenge. 

Grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles searched through decades of photographs and 
shoeboxes filled with keepsakes. Those who were able to write were encouraged to do so. 
There are other writings, some more than a century old, by relatives who are no longer with 
us but had precious words to share. 

I am grateful for the professional art sketches provided by nephew Jim Wiedeman, and 
log cabin graphics by cousin Chris Bryant, both descendants of Luther. I thank everyone 
who made contributions, particularly my sister Georgia Blue in helping out on the editing 
and proofing. 

Any inaccuracies that might be discovered in the book were accidental, and corrections 
are welcome. Sometimes, even brothers, sisters and parents could not agree on certain 
information, spellings, and identities of old photos, etc. Although we did not use the 
intricate method of counting every word and letter to insure that no errors were made the 
way scribes did with the Bible thousands of years ago, this is the best of what could be 
provided at this time. For your convenience on the next page, there is an "Undo Typing*’ 
button if you need one. It is okay to press it more than once. 

While this book will be of some value to those who study history, we are certain that 
it is our grand children, and others yet to be born, who will treasure it for years to come. It 
has been a joy to reconnect with cousins and discover new relatives. Hopefully many wiil 
be able to make the Metropolis Family Reunion this summer in 2009. With the exception 
of funerals, that may be the last opportunity for such an event in Massac County for the 
families now living elsewhere. 

A super thanks goes to my incredible wife Brenda for making me the luckiest guy 
in the world, and blessing us with four wonderful children - Rebecca, L.J., Justin, and 
Westley. We never really realize the love and challenges parents face until we become 
parents ourselves. Sometimes, relatives can be a real pain to one-another, but the bond and 
love between us is great. It took some divine intervention for each of us to be matched up 


with the best father and mother possible. As a bonus, I also managed to get two terrific 
sisters. Georgia and Janice. It was Janice who really shouldered most of the burden to 
provide the special care Dad and Mom deserved during their final months in this world. 

On a final note; just because your surname is something other than Evers, that does not 
make you any less of a family member. Cousin Scott Kennedy made me feel terrific a few 
years ago in Metropolis while discussing relatives on the maternal side of my family tree. 
He said, “After all, you are half Kennedy!” So, regardless of what your name might be, a 
cousin is a cousin, and the Evers family is very blessed to have so many who care and love 
each other. 

Thus, for all of us, we honor those who have gone before us, especially our parents, 
with this book. 1st TIMOTHY 5:4 ...learn first of all to put their religion into practice by 
caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is 
pleasing to God. 



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19-YEAR-OLD JAMES A.L. EVERS built a cabin on the west side of the road, 
about a mile south of Lower Salem Church after returning home from the Civil 
War in 1865 to farm near his father and uncles. His great, grandson Chris Bry- 
ant drew this sketch of it in the 1980s. See Chapter 5 for more information. 

Ch. i Overview: 

Everses Settling in Massac Before Metropolis 

By Byron L. Evers 

I n 1757 - before there was a United States of America, much less an Evers riding 
a horse in Massac County - the French built a fort on the Illinois Territory side of 
the Ohio River. During the French and Indian War. it enabled them to help control 
traffic on the major waterway from the American colonies. The outpost became known 
as Foil Massac, and the French surrendered it to the British in 1765 before the colonies 
eventually won the American Revolutionary War. The father of our nation. President 
George Washington, ordered it to be rebuilt in 1794. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark 
met at Fort Massac in the winter of 1803 to start preparation for their famous exploration 
of the Northwest Territory and Louisiana Purchase. A few miles upriver, Shawneetown 
established the first bank in 1816 and had the only U.S. Post Office for hundreds of miles. 



That bank is infamous for refusing to loan money to a group of businessmen who wanted 
another trading port at what is now Chicago. They were turned down because the bank’s 
owner. John Marshall, told them it was too far north to ever amount to anything. The town 
of Metropolis was planted a mile west of Fort Massac in 1839. It was in this historic setting 
and time period that our Evers ancestors began settling nearby on both the Illinois and 
Kentucky sides of the Ohio River. 

The Evers family discussed in this book lived in the 18 th , 19 lh , 20 lh . and 21 st Centuries. 
They include 10 generations, most of them bom in Massac and surrounding counties in 
Southern Illinois. The earliest ancestors arrived there before the Civil War. Prior to that 
there were Everses bom in Pennsylvania who migrated to Western Kentucky. 

William Evers, bom around 1770. may be the oldest Evers currently documented as 
a direct ancestor to the families in Southern Illinois. However, as research is continuing 
while publishing this book, there are definitely other possibilities, and the maternal side 
of the Everses can be traced back at least another century into England. It is certain that 
William paid taxes on land for 400 acres in Butler County, Penn., in 1803 before going 
south with his sons for better farming country less than a decade later. It is also known that 
he may have had the first loan ever issued in that county, perhaps by his father, a brother, 
or another relative. According to the History of Butler County, published in 1883, 

The first mortgage recorded was one executed by Samual DUNBAR to Alexander 
HAMILTON for the payment of $120. It was executed May 10. 1804. and recorded on the 
22nd of May. A mortgage was executed by William EVERS to Philip EVERS on the 14th of 
November, 1803, but it was not recorded until after DUNBAR '.s - upon May 24, 1804. 

There is a little information that William and Phillip (spelled with one "L” in the Butler 
history book) Evers might have been trying to settle in the same area as some of the nation’s 
founding fathers. The timing is especially interesting, because Alexander Hamilton, who 
had a home in Philadelphia and was the nation's first secretary of treasury, was killed by 
Aaron Burr in the most famous duel in American history two months after the above- 
mentioned loan. William Evers was paying his taxes in the Connoquenessing Township, 
while Alexander Hamilton was listed as paying taxes on 400 acres in Middlesex Township, 
and Benjamin Franklin was listed as owner of land in nearby Elder's district, all in the same 
Butler County. Franklin, of course, was a famous newspaper editor, printer, diplomat, and 
scientist who invented the lightening rod. 

There are indications that Phillip may have been William’s father. Some Copeland and 
Little Families, a genealogy book published in 1998 by A. Lucille Harney and Fairline 
Bigley, states, ’’William Evers was the son of Philip Evers who probably had come from 


Germany and settled in PA." 

The Butler County history book points out that in 1 790, David Studebaker and Abraham 
Snyder were the first men who came into the county with the specific purpose of becoming 
permanent settlers. After living with Native Americans for awhile, they built small cabins 
in 1792. "Although the land was not open for settlement until 1795, adventurous spirits 
made their appearance...,” according to the book. Prior to that, it goes on to explain that 
men who ventured into that area were mainly seasonal hunters, trappers, and fishermen, 
who wanted to "spy out” the land. The Seneca Indians were friendly, but the Delawares and 
Shawnees were opposed to settlers, making it a dangerous time for pioneers. Since William 
Evers had a son who was named after him in 1 790, two years before there were any cabins 
built in Butler County, then most likely they were living some where else. There are still 
several families with the Evers surname living in Pennsy lvania. 

The History of Butler County provides lots of other interesting information on this time- 
period and area located where our ancestors came from on the west side of the Alleghne> 
River that flows southward as a principal tributary to the Ohio River. 

There were few immigration records then, and it was common for foreigners to 
"become" Americans once they lived here for two years. 

Harry Owen Evers, Sr., a former high school teacher, coach, and administrator in 
Pulaski County, 111., wrote in his memoirs 40 years ago that William married his wife. 
Caroline (possibly Jane) Alexander, in 1789 and that 
William's father was Phillip. It was not until the final 
preparation of this book in 2008 that a clear connection 
was rediscovered between the Evers families living in 
the neighboring Illinois counties. 

According to Harry Owen Evers’ writings, his 
great-great-grandfather William had five children, the 
oldest a son who was born in 1 790 and was also named 
William. The son served in the War of 1812. settled 
in New Orleans, and became a Mississippi River boat 
pilot. The second child was Jane Evers, born in 1795, 
who married a Mississippi River steamboat captain 
by the name of Roberts; and they lived in Evansville, 

Ind. William's next two sons were also believed to be 
born in the Keystone State - James Robert Evers in 
1803 and John Alexander Evers in 1806. William’s 



Harry Owen Evers, Sr., 1932 


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fifth child; Joseph Nathan Evers, was bom in 1818. According to Harry's research, Joseph 
Nathan was the first Evers to move from Kentucky to Southern Illinois in 1837, two years 
before the town of Metropolis was established. By then, Illinois had become the 21 st state 
in the nation on Dec. 3, 1818. It is possible that William and Caroline even “possibly had 
six children," according to Mary Evers. There was a Matilda around that time who named 
her children William and Caroline. “Years ago someone contacted me [thinking] that she 
may have been related; however, I could never prove or disprove the relationship." 

Knowing now that William Evers actually had several children is important because 
for most of the past century, Everses in Massac County thought that he had only two 
children - James Robert and John Alexander. In his 193 1 original writing on family history, 
Luther L. Evers mentioned only the two sons, saying William “...came down the Ohio 
River from Pennsylvania with his two sons about the year of 1810." Trying to read more 
into that sentence may indicate several things. 

Luther’s father James Albert Lafayette Evers (JALE), and/or his grandfather John 
Alexander Evers, may have intentionally or unintentionally not wanted to mention William’s 
other children for some reason. Certainly the Civil War was very much in all of their 
memories. James Pryor Evers, who was bom in 1862 and a former attorney in Kentucky 
and Oklahoma, mentions in his 1940 writings that he was 10-years-old before he learned he 
was “within a short distance of three of the families of his father’s sisters, and knew little 
about them even though they all had large families. His grandfather was John Alexander, 
and father was William Henry Warren Evers. Although he was writing specifically about 
his relatives when they were living in Kentucky, it could have been a similar situation just 
across the Ohio River. You can read more about it in a later chapter, but Pryor blamed it on 
"prejudices” between the Confederates and the Unions. 

After originally leaving Pennsylvania, the Evers brothers first settled in Western 
Kentucky's Graves and McCracken Counties for two decades, and perhaps other counties 
too. Prime farmland was selling for 25 cents an acre. 

If James and John were the only two who came down the Ohio with William, as Luther 
states, then it is also possible that the rest of the family came earlier or later, and perhaps, 
by different methods. In addition to using the river, early settlers also used the Cumberland 
Gap to move westward. The Appalachian Mountains fonn a natural barrier to east-west 
travel from Pennsylvania to Georgia. The Cumberland Gap, used by Native Americans 
and wild animals for centuries, was the only natural passage way. That time frame would 
have been just after famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and his crew blazed the Wilderness 
Road through the Cumberland Gap, widening it so wagons were able to make it through 


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the mountains. Butler County is located in far Western Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. 
If the Everses did not have horses and wagons, then some may have floated down the Ohio 
River, or perhaps walked along the banks. There are indications in the genealogy section 
that prior to moving to Kentucky, James and John may have spent a year in Indiana. 

They probably moved their families from Kentucky to Massac County because of 
concern about the approaching War Between the States. More information on that is in 
later chapters. 

When it was part of the Northwest Territory, the Illinois Territory originally included 
Illinois. Wisconsin and parts of Michigan and Minnesota. Although it is not a documentary. 
Hollywood's version of How The West Was Won provides scenes that are realistic enough to 
be what our Evers forefathers may have experienced. Parts of the movie were filmed along 
the Ohio River at Cave-In-Rock, which is northeast of Metropolis. Luther's son, Rolland 
Evers, was one of the few local men who possessed the skill of being able to drive a team of 
six horses, and was also a Teamster Union member because he was a driver for many years 
with Bonifield Bros. Truck Line. Those were two of MGM requirements necessary for 
hiring when the cast call for extras went out as the film was being made. James Paul Evers 
said he thought it was a stagecoach that his brother Rolland drove in the 1963 Academy 
Award-winning film that had an all-star cast of John Wayne, Henry Fonda. James Stewart, 
and Debbie Reynolds. However, Rolland's son, Daniel Evers, said, ”... I thought Dad had 
said it was a covered wagon. I don't remember it being a stagecoach. If I remember right, 
they used the road between [Fort] Massac and 1-24 [highway]"’ in one scene. 

Both John A. Evers and 
Cynthia Brookshire are buried 
at the Lower Salem Church 
Cemetery in western Massac 
County. His elaborate cursive 
handwriting and choice of words 
in the 1857 letter enlarged later 
in this book are revealing in that 
John was well educated and a 
strong Christian. There is another 
beautiful letter written in the 
1800s that also brings out his 
Christian beliefs. A book titled 

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that he “taught school, farmed, bought fully 500 acres near Boaz Station [Kentucky], sold 
the same and came to Massac, 1858, bought the Barfield farm, and died October 1868.” 

Cynthia's father brought her by horseback to Western Kentucky from North Carolina, 
and their ancestors arrived in the American Colonies more than a century earlier. Cynthia 
was the great-great-great-granddaughter of James Brooksher (Brookshaw), who came with 
his wife. Mary, from England to Maryland in 1674. 

Most of the Massac County Evers' descendants have often heard that our ancestors 
are believed to be of Irish and Welch descent. Their forefathers probably originally came 
to Great Britain from Germany. While doing research for this book, it became noticeable 
that biblical first names such as Daniel, Mark, Martha. Mary. James, John, Joseph, Paul, 
etc., which are common in our line of the family, are different than the first names of 
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CAROLINE DELPHANIE EVERS, daughter of John Alexander Evers, married 
Josua Short Copeland, pictured above. This shows a copy of his Johnson Coun- 
ty, III., land grant that was printed in 1843 on the back of a sheep skin, which was 
the best way to preserve things back then. It was later sold to John Alexander 
Evers, and the sheep skin is now kept by his great, great grandson, the Rev. 
Joseph C. Evers, along with the Evers family Bible shown on the next page. 


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of Old German, and the British 
Isles is closely associated with 
Western Europe. 

It should be noted that the 
name "Evers" was spelled with 
the extra character "a" (Eavers) 
on the U.S. government official 
1850 census in Kentucky. A 
decade earlier and a decade 
later, the census spelled it 
“Evers" as we know it today 
on the same family names. 
That might indicate that 1850 
was a misspelling or that 
perhaps the surname may 
have originally came from 
Germany. Elarry Owen Evers, 
Sr. mentions in his writings that 
he “obtained from Kenneth/ 
Evers McCullam of Trumbull. 
Conn.,” information showing 
that the original William Evers 
spelled his name sometimes 
as Eavers. There were a lot of 
Dutch and Germans in Wales 
during the 1700s. Also, there 
are many Germans with the 
character “w" (Ewers) in the 
name. 

Barbara Loughman of 
Ohio said she remembers her 
father Jimmie Evers, son of 
James Oliver Evers, talking 
years ago about how his 
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THE FAMILY BIBLE of John and Cynthia Evers 
shows a lowercase letter “F" in the spelling of son 
James Albert Lafayette Evers when he was born 
in 1843. John’s great grandson the Rev. Joseph 
C. Evers still has the Bible today as well as John’s 
sheep skin land deed shown on the previous page. 


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THIS MAP OF MASSAC COUNTY on page 145 of the 1870 World Atlas 


History of Illinois is interesting to the Everses because it shows where the farms of 
J.W. Evers (No. 1) and J.N. Evers (No. 2) are located, and also where the Starks 
farm (No. 3) is located that was purchased and farmed by James A. L. Evers, 
and his son Luther L. Evers. Luther’s son James Paul Evers farmed it with his 
wife Florence Kennedy Evers during the 1930s Great Depression. Florence had 
origionally kept the atlas given to her by her father, road commisioner Charles C. 
Kennedy, because it shows the location (No. 4) of a farm owned by her grandfather, 
Robert Taylor Kennedy. Another interesting wooden-block etching on page 90 of 
the same atlas shows the William W. Evers farm pictured on the next page. 

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did not want his daughter (Cynthia Brookshire) to "marry a lowly German sehool teacher"' 
(John Alexander Evers). Supporting that information is an 1 895 book in the Massac Count) 
Library that quotes John Wesley Evers talking about his grandparents eloping. 

John and Cynthia established their family in Massac County prior to the Civil War. One 
of their sons. James Albert Lafayette Evers (JALE). and three of his sons, Luther L.. James 
O.. and Hubert FL, and their descendents provided most of the content for this book. 

Apparently the Evers family has struggled with whether or not the “F” should be 
capitalized (LaFayette or Lafayette). John A. Evers' 1800s family Bible clearly shows that 
it is written in lower case on the birth of James Albert Lafayette Evers. He always signed 
important documents, such as his will and Civil War papers, as James A. L. Evers. One 
of the two Metropolis newspapers capitalized the "F" on Luther's obituary. His signature 
was always Luther L. Evers, normally not spelling out his middle name. However. Luther 
himself capitalized the “F” on his 1918 World War I draft registration card. 

In one of his 1940 writings, James Pryor Evers, wrote that there might also be a possible 
connection of the Evers name to France. The possible French connection is new to most 
members of the Evers family, who should be reminded that the French originally controlled 
Illinois Territory. That may be one reason why you see the French word "Lafayette" as a 
middle name for both JALE and Luther. Writings by the former Tulsa district attorney are 




included in later chapters, but one of the more interesting pieces is listed below. James 
Pryor Evers said: 

...After telling of the information, Father L.J. Evers, of the Bowery Mission - some 
time in the past — showing the Evers race being derived from France, called “Hivers ”, 
carried North in the early Northern invasion, and adopting the English tongue, and having 
the “h” silent, down to the Ivers, and the being short, dropped the “I” for an “e”, 
making it “Evers ”. I hope you may be able to contact Father L.J. Evers, or some of his 
family and learn more of this line and tell me more about it. 

History about your family is usually difficult to document if it is not recorded in some 
manner, which is the main reason this book is being published. Luther's writings about 
the family in the 1930s and 1940s were especially insightful, although never published. 
Researchers were excited four years ago when it was discovered that Luther had attempted 
at least twice - once in 1908 and again in 1914 - to copyright something titled. Evers’ 
Histoiy of Illinois. Thinking that it might be additional information on the family, it was 
still on file under registration number CSc. 597 (1914) in the historic Copyright Office 
Card Catalog in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. A research assistant in 
Washington, D.C., warned that it had been placed on microfilm more than 50 years ago, 
and because of its age, some of the 
pages were beginning to fade. After 
receiving a printed copy in 2006, 
it was a bit disappointing to learn 
that it really had little to do with the 
Evers family. Instead, as a teacher 
in Massac County, Luther was 
copyrighting his lecture notes and 
book plans for others to use in their 
history classes about Illinois - thus 
the title, Evers ' History of Illinois. 

Attempts at getting it copyrighted were frustrating to Luther. According to his oldest son 
James Paul Evers, the original version was accidentally left or stolen on a train to Chicago 
when Luther had sent one of his brothers with it to the copyright office. 

There are more than 100 pages in the Congressional War Record on Luther’s father, 
JALE. a Union scout who was shot twice during the Civil War. The first time was when the 
16-year-old was meeting secretly in a creek with his captain the night before a battle. He 
refused to go to the infirmary, despite a lead musket ball going in just below the left knee, 


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and after exiting, continuing on and into his right foot. 

More than a decade after John Alexander Evers and his brothers had started fanning 
in the far northwestern corner of Massac County, the 1870 World Atlas History of Illinois 
published a map on page 145 that shows the farms of J.W. Evers and J.N. Evers in an area 
known as “Ash Ridge’". The J.W. was probably John Wesley H. Evers, who was John's 
youngest son. J.N. was probably Joseph Nathan Evers, who was the oldest William Evers' 
youngest son, and a brother to John A. 

When the original atlas was printed, they were still using wooden block etchings to 
show "photos"’ in books. The 1870 atlas has one such etching on page 90 that shows the 
Massac County farm layout of William W. Evers. John A. had a son William H. W. Evers 
who lived in Kentucky and was murdered at the end of the Civil War.. That William, w ho 
was the father of James Pryor, was bom in 1835, so we do not believe that it is his farm. 
James Robert Evers, older brother of John A., had a son. William W. Evers, who was bom 
in 1843 in Kentucky and moved to Illinois with his father. That William is the more likely 
person who had the fann that was pictured. He originally lived in Pulaski County before 
moving to Massac. The genealogy section will explain more, but he filed divorce papers 
and subpoenas were sent out for testimonies in 1878 after claiming that his wife “eloped" 
with another man. William died two years later without a will, with his wife claiming 
widow rights. 

That same 1870 county map is interesting to the families of James Paul and Jeanette 
Florence (Kennedy) Evers because it also includes the farm of Robert Taylor Kennedy, 
who was her grandfather. Also, the map shows the R.C. Starks farm along the Ohio River, 
which was bought and farmed by JALE and Luther. James Paul was the last Evers to farm 
it during the Great Depression in the early 1930s. 

The original Barfield fann site where John's land was located is approximately one 
mile east of Illinois State Highway 37. Despite the 1870 map showing the farms as being 
on the north side of the old original road, James Paul Evers insisted on three different trips 
that the John A. cabin was on the opposite side with a downhill slope, about 150 yards 
south of State Highway 169 before you reach the west side of Kamak if you are traveling 
east. At last visit, there were no buildings there and it was just a fenced pasture, still in 
excellent fanning country. There was a large red barn and a farm house on the north side of 
the road. This is most likely the original location where John A. Evers was fanning before 
his son J.W. Evers fanned it. 

“Even when I was a kid, there wasn't much left of that (John's) original log cabin," 
said Paul in 2005. “I do barely remember that once [around 19 1 5 1 Luther took us over there 



and vve picked some fruit off a few of the old trees that were still growing along the fence 
line/' On Thursday, Dec. 20. 1866, a Metropolis newspaper. The Promulgator, Vol. 2, No. 
9, printed. 

No county in the west is better suited for the growth of apples and peaches than Massac 
count y, nor is there any crop which will prove more profitable. Mr. EVERS, living near the 
Pulaski and Massac county line, has the present year, realized about $500.00 off a small 
orchard of young trees without in the least interfering with the other productions of his 
farm. 

Another issue of The Promulgator, April 18, 1867, Vol. 2, No. 26, includes an article 
under the local news that John Evers and his wife, Cynthia, hosted at their residence the 


JOHN W. EVERS, pictured here with his family, was born in 1848. He was 
a marshal in Metropolis in 1886, and was elected sheriff in 1898. Before that, 
he had built the first hotel, called “The Mountain House, ” in Eureka Springs, Ark., 
near the western Missouri border. He and his family are buried about 50 feet 
from Luther. L. Evers’ tombstone at the Masonic Cemetery. He was a brother to 
Luther’s father, JALE, and the son of John A. Evers. 


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wedding of Margaret E. Ray to Joseph Gaunt. 

When JALE returned home in 1865 after serving for three years with Company B of 
the 15 th Illinois Calvary during the Civil War, John probably helped his son build a eabin 
a few miles to the south of him on the Lower Salem Church Road. Luther, who was bom 
in that cabin, describes it in great detail in his writings, and his great-grandson. Chris 
Bryant, used that description to make a drawing in the 1980s of what it might have looked 
like. That sketch is shown at the beginning of this chapter. After more than 20 years of 
experience as an architect, and having gained additional know ledge about that time period. 
Chris provided an update of the cabin to include in this book with Luther's chapters. It was 
a custom for many log cabins in later years to be covered with rough-cut lumber to help seal 
them better. When JALE's family helped build a retirement home for him and wife Ann 
Eliza McGee Evers, it is possible that 
they may have removed and used some 
of the rough lumber to build it about 400 
yards south of Luther’s farmhouse that 
had been constructed when he bought 
the R.C. Starks farm. Paul remembered 
playing on the old logs when he was a 
child at the JALE cabin site, but he did 
not recall any lumber. The outside of 
Chris's updated version of the cabin has 
a similar look to the William W. Evers 
farmhouse shown in the 1870 atlas. 

JALE's two home sites, and Luther's 
farmhouse were all located within a 
mile of each other and the Ohio River. 

Luther’s farmhouse on the comer (see 
map showing R.C. Starks' original farm) 
is the only one still standing. Both of 
JALE's homes are long gone, and trees 
have grown up so thick that most people 
would not realize that the sites once had 
homes there. As with family tradition 
passed on from father to son, Luther took 
Paul when he was a child over to see 


BORN ON DEC. 7, 1843, James, A. 
L. Evers (JALE) was shot twice during 
the Civil War while fighting for the Union, 
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where John Alexander Evers and JALE had built their original log cabins. Decades later, 
Paul took me, his own son, to the same sites. Another half century later, on the day after 
Paul's 2007 funeral, I drove the Ohio River Scenic Byway. County Road 2, for my three 
sons - L.J., Justin, and Westley - to see where all four Evers homes and farms had been 
located. More than a dozen deer were grazing on the prime farmland and jumping fences 
that have not changed much in 
the past century. 

Religion, education, and 
family values are highly prized 
by the Everses, with every 
generation producing teachers 
and preachers. Here are just a 
few examples on the JALE line 
of Everses. His son Luther, who 
was a Sunday school teacher at 
Lower Salem Church, was the 
Massac County superintendent 
of schools. He was baptized by the Rev. Volney Cicero Evers, who was JALE's cousin, son 
of James Robert Evers. Luther's son, the Rev. Joseph C. Evers, is a long-time Methodist 
and Presbyterian minister. He is the senior pastor at the Ellington Memorial Presbyterian 
Church in Quincy, 111. Luther's great-grandson Lloyd James Evers is a Keystone, S.D., 
pastor and director of ministry with Face2Face. Dr. William Pleasant Evers, who earned 
a medical degree in 1910 from Vanderbilt, may have been the first member of the family 
to graduate from college. He was the son of JALE’s cousin, attorney James Pryor Evers. 
JALE’s father John A., and son, Luther, were both teachers, as was Luther's daughter Frances 
Evers Shelton in Metropolis, and JALE's great-granddaughter Leni Weaver Fernandez in 
Florida. JALE's grandson Jim Evers, a longtime teacher and coach in Centralia, III., has 
a high school football field named after him. JALE’s great granddaughter. Dr. Barbara 
Loughman, has a PhD in microbiology from Notre Dame. JALE’s great-grandson Byron 
Evers is a college professor in Colorado, and another great grandson, Dan Wesley Evers, 
is an attorney in Illinois. JALE’s great-granddaughter Jessica Weaver Kelch is a dentist in 
Florida. There are many others listed in the genealogy who are well educated and/or have 
successful careers. None are considered wealthy financially, but the point being made here 
is that you will be hard pressed to find something that impacts American society more than 
family values, religion, and education, all of which are treasured by Everses everywhere. 




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The family is also very patriotie. with Everses serving in the military for every war 
fought by the United States, and some Everses serving as eleeted public officials. On 
religious and political affiliations, Methodists and Republicans originally dominated the 
families, although there are certainly some who went in different directions. 

Even though he was still a teenager when he mustered out, JAEE had been promoted 
to the rank of sergeant while serv ing three years as a scout in the Civil War. Besides being 
a farmer, he was also the elected justice of peace for Hillerman precinct. Elis brother John 
W. Evers was a marshal in Metropolis in 1886 before serving two terms as deputy sheriff, 
and eventually being elected as sheriff of Massac County in 1898. JALE greatly admired 
his youngest brother, naming his first son after him. When JALE signed up to fight for the 
Union, it wasn't long before John ran away from home at the age of 14 and also signed 
up for the Union. His father John A., however, was able to track him down to claim him. 
and bring his youngest son back to help on the farm. Months later, young John ran away 
again, this time going south to help relatives by crossing the Ohio River and joining the 
Kentucky state milita, also called "home guard”. Since the state tried to remain neutral 
when war first broke out, efforts were made to avoid complete chaos in the border line 
counties. According to the Kentucky National Guard History eMuseum website. "The 
Kentucky militiamen were placed in the peculiar position of owing a dual Militia duty 
in that Militiaman could be penalized by either faction for failure to render service to the 
respective side.” Some historians and The Weekly Times newspaper point out that on at 
least one occasion, some southern Confederate solders, not militiamen, stood on the bank 
of the Ohio and fired northwards across the river just to harass the citizens on streets in 
Metropolis. There are many other Everses who protected their country, including his son 
Hubert in World War I, and grandsons Charles and L.T. in World War II. Also. Mark Evers. 
JALE’s great-grandson, was in the Army's military police before doing 26 years with the 
Illinois State Police, and another 26 years with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. JALE's 
great, great grandson Bobby Price, grandson of L.T. Evers, was being deploy ed to Japan 
by the Navy just as this book was being published. 

What about the Evers family before moving to the edge of the Ohio River at the southern 
tip of Illinois? W r e would be sharing that with you if we knew more. The Dictionary of 
American Family Names. Oxford University' Press, says that "Evers” is the topographic 
name for someone who lived on the edge of an escarpment, "from Middle English ever 
'edge,' a word that is probably from Old English F.ol'or 'boar. ' 

The 1840 census of the United States, when William's sons were located in Kentucky, 
shows that the most Everses (seven to 12 families) lived in the state of New York, although 


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it is not known if any of them are related to those in Southern Illinois. That same year, 
there were three to six families with the Evers surname living in each of the following 
states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. There were 
only one to two Evers families living in Indiana. Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and 
New Jersey. Also, according to Ancestry.com, there were 64 Evers veterans fighting for the 
Confederacy, and 97 Evers veterans in the Union. In 1880. 26 percent of the Evers families 
nationwide were farmers, 9 percent were laborers, and 8 percent were keeping house. The 
top places of origin at that time included 274 Everses who came from Germany, 95 from 
Prussia, 78 from Ireland. 49 from England, and 22 from Hanover. Most Everses in England 
were from Yorkshire. 

James Paul Evers purchased The Family Heritage Book from Beatrice Bayley, Inc., 
in 1981, and it provided 2,791 total addresses of Evers families living throughout the 
United States. All 50 states had Everses located in them, with the most populist at that time 
being California, 239; Florida, 203; Ohio, 199; and Illinois, 172. As this book is prepared 
for publication, there are 9,884 people in the United States with the last name of Evers, 
according to HowManyOfMe.com. The most recent in the Southern Illinois line of the 
family is Brenan Kay Evers, bom June 26, 2008. to L.J. and Nicole Evers of Keystone, 
S.D. She is the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of William Evers. 

The death of Brenan 's great-grandfather, James Paul Evers, in 2007 made him the 
last family member with the Evers surname in Massac County, which is a drastic change 
from the early 1900s. John David Evers Boaz pointed out in his 1940 writings, "I will not 
include (all of) the names of the Evers family here, but will say this; I can begin at Chicago, 
stop in a dozen towns on the way down to Cairo and stop with [my] own cousins. Massac 
County is full of our people and they are real Evers, ready to greet you in the Evers way 
and entertain you as such." 

Living relatives from Southern Illinois are now located in dozens of other states and 
countries. With concerns that all of this information might become lost or scattered, it 
became obvious that there was a need to finish pulling together as much as possible for 
future generations. You need to have answers when grandchildren ask, "Grandpa, why 
Metropolis?" It should be more important to family than well-known current Metropolis 
events, such as the Fort Massac Encampment with its mock Civil War military battles 
every October, or the Superman Days each summer, or the Merv Griffin gambling boat 
docked there. 

Stop and think for a moment about how fascinating it would be to have a conversation 
with William Evers, who was born in 1770. Certainly he would be as intrigued about us as 


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we would be in learning more about him and our ancestors. His descendants have careers 
in all walks of life - from doctors, dentists, and nurses to college professors, teachers, and 
principals to engineers, computer programmers, and ministers to military officers, lawy ers, 
and artists. You will be hard pressed to find a few outlaws in the mix. James Pryor Evers, 
the former district attorney for Tulsa. Okla., wrote, “I must say with pride, that in looking 
over the list you w ill not find any blot on the character of anyone of the family..." 

If it were possible for all of us to gather at one location at the same time, the Evers 
family would form quite a thriving metropolis. It is appropriate to close this opening 
chapter by taking a look at part of that Dec. 18, 1857. letter John A. wrote to relatives who 
had moved to Texas three years before the Civil War: 

...Now Dear William & Sister Sally I know you often 
feel lonesome & wish to see your old friends 
& those you love & [hold in] esteem. I 
know it is so with us, but our lots is cast 
far distant from each other & tho we may 
never meet those of our loved ones on 
earth again that we parted with a few short 
months ago. Let us so live that we may meet 
around our father s throne in heaven... 

It matter not where this frail body of our[s] 
shall rest whether in Texas, Kv or Illinois, the 
Lord is everywhere present, with his 
people & the way to Heaven is plain, it 
was purchased through the blood of the 
blessed Lord, that we by grace through in 
his name might be saved... 

William "Bill" Hannon of Glen Rose, 

Texas, was kind enough a few years ago to scan 
a digital copy of that original fading and fragile 
letter for all Everses to see and enjoy a piece of 
wonderftil family history. The entire letter, lots 
of other details, interesting facts, and photos 
on the Evers family await your discovery in 
the following pages. 

Much of this infonuation came from personal 


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interviews and research at places such as in Metropolis at the Massac County Library's 
special genealogy section, in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library by The Mormons 
(Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and Shawnee Community College. The 
following books also contain interesting information about the family: Massac County, 
Illinois History; Pictorial History of Massac County, Illinois, Volumes I. II, and III: 
Pulaski County History, Some Copeland and Little Families by A. Lucille Harney and 
Fairline Bigley. Sources such as individuals, books, libraries, government documents, court 
house records, etc. used in compiling this book are provided at the end of the genealogy 
section. Because of the additional expenses involved in indexing page numbers, only the 
alphabetical listing of names mentioned are provided for you to mark your favorite places. 
Inside the back cover will be a DVD with digital copies of everything, including some 
additional photos and material not used in the book. 

Further research possibilities, although no connection has been made thus far, may 
be the Evers family along the East Coast of the United States, who use many of the same 
first names, such as James, John, and William. On page 145 of Bladen County Heritage, 
North Carolina. Vol. 1, it states, "The earliest trace of the Evers line is a John Evers, w ho 
was living in southeastern Virginia in the late 1600s. He was bom about 1660-70. The 
information on him is limited and researchers are not able to say that he is the ancestor 
of the Bladen Evers line... The next in the line is William Evers, born around 1700 and 
perhaps the son of the above mentioned John.” 

Nationally, the two most well known men with the surname are Medger Evers and 
Johnny Joseph Evers, but no connection with them was made to the Everses in Southern 
Illinois. Medger ( 1 925- 1 963 ). the African-American civil rights activist who was murdered, 
came from Newton and Scott counties in Mississippi, His maternal grandfather Mike was 
the son of a white slave-owner. Johnny Evers (1881-1947) was a Major League Baseball 
player and manager in Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. The Hall of Famer, who never 
weighed over 1 30 pounds, is best know as the pivot man in the famous "Tinker to Evers 
to Chance” double play combination, which inspired poems. Johnny’s line of Everses 
came from Troy. N.Y. His Wikipedia biography states, "The name originally rhymed with 
beavers rather than severs, but Evers came to accept both pronunciations during his life.” 
Although their double plays were poetry in motion, they didn't get along and refused to 
speak to each other for many years. 

Searching for information about your family is a never ending task. One of the newest 
techniques that may benefit Everses is using genetic DNA testing, which is growing in 
interest and will enable families in the future to make connections with distant ancestors. 


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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

James Paul Evers (1908 - 2007) 



Ch. 2 

A Century With James Paul Evers 

By Byron L. Evers 

W hen my 96-year-old father asked me to drive him from Metropolis 
to Vienna so he could renew his Illinois driver's license. 1 was torn 
emotionally. My instincts were say ing no way. because everyone would 
probably be a lot safer on the highw ays if he were to give up driving. M> two sisters and I 
had given him 100 Susan B. Anthony silver dollars for Christinas, encouraging him to take 
a taxi w hen he needed to go somewhere instead of getting behind the w heel. To his credit, 
he had experienced only a couple of small fender benders; such as scraping the garage 
post while backing out and other such insignificant bumps. Knowing he was fearlessly 
independent and that he would do it with or w ithout me - besides the fact that he happened 
to be my father - 1 decided to give in and make the 20-mile trip with him. 

Early the next morning, he confided that he did not want to take the lest in his hometown 
because he believed the Vienna officials respected the elderly better there. 1 hat probabh 
meant he thought they were not as tough on the seniors. Sounded like he was speaking from 
experience. 


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James Paul Evers and I sat patiently for them to call his number in the waiting room 
filled with about two-dozen people. When it finally came his turn. Dad knew the routine, 
as he already had taken the wallet from his pocket. A w oman at the counter said he would 
have to leave his current license w'hile he went to take the test, and Paul nodded that he 
knew the requirement. Senior citizens still wanting to drive at his age have to take an 
annual test of their skills. Officials avoid possible problems of giving up the license after 
failing the test by requiring seniors to turn over their permit first. Things were becoming 
clearer as to wiiy Dad wanted me to go with him. It would have been a long walk home if 
he flunked the test. 

As he was searching in his wallet for the license, I could tell that he was a bit more 
nervous than I had ever observed previously. At first. I thought his shaking hands were 
due to aging and perhaps Parkinson’s disease. He would always limit his cups of coffee to 
only being half full because his shaky hands would make coffee spill out otherwise. This 
driver's test was obviously important to him, and he was concerned. He finally pulled a 
card out and handed it across the counter. The official’s eyes popped open in surprise, and 
she spoke loudly - apparently thinking he might be hearing impaired - “This is your gun 
permit, not your driver’s license!” 

Everyone in the room erupted with laughter at her announcement. Trying to ease the 
tension I felt Dad was having, I said, “And lady, I don’t know which one is more dangerous 
-- the gun pennit or his driver’s license!” Even the straight-faced woman at the counter 
had to laugh with the rest of us. Paul finally located and surrendered the correct license and 
went on to take his driving tests. 

Poor Dad. He was shook up so badly that he forgot 1 was the last one behind the wheel 
of his car. It had not occurred to me that 1 should have moved the seat up for him. Being 
much larger physically than him, I had adjusted the mirrors and seat of the Oldsmobile 98 
to fit me while driving to Vienna. He could barely reach the gas pedal and brake and could 
not properly see in the mirrors while attempting to back out of the parking space. The test 
administrator quickly put a stop to every thing, flunking him before he even got out of the 
parking lot. 

Surprisingly, it was not a completely gloomy trip back to Metropolis. Dad broke the 
silence by saying, “I suppose it was for the best. I really wouldn’t want to be responsible 
for hurting someone else in a car accident.” 

Somehow, the argument his children had been pushing was finally w orking, and it 
helped him at getting over the big disappointment. After all, he had started driving buggies 
pulled by horses before there was such a thing as a driver’s license. Always looking at his 


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glass as half full instead of half empty, 
this was just one more example of 
how Paul lived his life as a positive- 
minded, optimistie Christian. In the 
next three years after this incident, 
we would both start grinning when 
recalling how shocked that woman 
was at him mistakenly giving her his 
gun permit. 

Dad delighted in sharing his 
experiences and knowledge. He was 
w hat people call "a classic storyteller.” 

It is becoming a lost art, as a story teller 
can engage and pass on wisdom and history to connect generations and communities. Paul 
was one of the best at doing this, and those who knew' him well will recall how gifted he 
was at being able to make history come alive. As a member of the Thespian Society in 
high school. Paul enjoyed performing in plays: and that skill, too. helped him make history 
interesting. History was his favorite subject, and even his professor at the University of 
Illinois in 1928 was fascinated and complimentary to him in front of a class. 

‘“That's right! That's right! But. you didn't get that information from reading our 
textbook,’” Paul quoted the professor as saying, when he was recalling some incidents that 
had occurred during his college days. 

"The professor had started lecturing on how dangerous it still was during the Roaring 
’20s at some of the towns in the southern part of the state, w hich w as known as "Tittle 
Egypt” because of their names. I kind of woke up, raised my hand, and told the class about 
how 32 miners were shot and killed in only one day, and about the Shelton Gang. ‘Can you 
imagine that, even in this day and age in the United States?'" Paul quoted the historian. 

“He said I was exactly right and asked me how I knew so much about it. 1 just told him 
that we have a lot of history books at my home in Metropolis.” With a sly grin. Paul pointed 
out. “Of course, I got most of that information by listening to Papa, as w e would discuss 
history and events in the evenings at the supper table.” 

Paul was always an avid reader, and there was never a shortage of books in the homes 
of his parents, who were well-known educators. All four walls in the living room, from floor 
to ceiling, plus several additional rooms were lined with shelves filled w ith hundreds ot 
books, stacked side by side, almost looking like a mini-library with only the spines show ing 



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the titles. Paul never lost that desire to read and learn more during his final months on earth. 
Visiting local libraries routinely to check out books and devouring at least a couple of 
newspapers daily were important activities right up until he died in 2007. Popular Science, 
Motor Trends, and Guideposts were his favorite magazine subscriptions. He also enjoyed 
western fiction, accumulating all of the Louis L' Amour and Zane Grey books. Even though 
he was blind in one eye and had poor sight in the other, he w'as passionate about learning. 
A jeweler's magnifying glass encircled by a bright light - a gift by daughter Janice - w^as 
greatly appreciated during his senior years. He used it daily, sometimes for hours on end. 
usually passing up television for more relevant information while relaxing in his recliner. 

After retiring in the early 1970s, Paul was often sought out by organizations in the 
Metropolis area to speak about many events or past happenings that others had long 
forgotten or never knew. As a very honest person, he never stretched the truth, but he had 
that unique ability to make history 7 , even the mundane, seem interesting. 

When Iraq invaded Kuw ait in 1990, there w as a big buildup of American troops and 



equipment for the Persian Gulf War, and ships would transport them. Paul was surprised 
when he got a call from the American Maritime Officers Union in New York to see if he 
might be willing to help train young engineers. They even offered to place a rocking chair 
in the engine room for him to sit on. He was tempted to try and help, but he decided it was 
best to not do it. He was concerned that, at his age (83 at that time), he might accidentally 
tell them something wrong that would result in deaths, and he was not in good health. 
Later. The Paducah Sun did an article on Paul's "near-reenlistment”, titled "Veteran ship 
engineer recalls lifetime of unusual repairs.” 

During Paul's 98th birthday party, his nieces - Leni Weaver Fernandez and Jessica 
Weaver Kelcha - asked him about his curly, long hair in a 1912 photo of him. While 
answering, Paul held their children and grandchildren spellbound, telling how his mother 
on Sunday mornings would stick a huge spike nail in a wood stove to get it glow ing red-hot. 
Then, she would carefully use it to curl his hair for Sunday school. When asked what w ould 
happen if his mommy accidentally touched his skin with the hot nail, smiling real big. Paul 
leaned in a bit towards the children and responded by raising his voice to shout. "Ouch!" 
Everyone giggled and laughed when the startled young ones jumped back quickly. 

As all of us move through different stages in life, it truly is a trip where we are constantly 
gathering a collection of 
memories. People usually don't 
recall entire days, but instead 
they have certain moments that 
stick with them for a lifetime. 

Paul would often repeat many 
of his favorites in his later 
years, causing grandchildren, 
such as Justin Lee Evers, 
to sometimes comment, 

"Grandpa, I think you've told 
this one before!” But they are 
precious memories that provide 
all of us with some insight not 
only into what kind of person 
he was, but his relatives as PAUL’S nieces Dr Jessica Weaver Kelcha (left) 
well, and what life was like for anc / i_ en j Weaver Fernandez, along with son Byron, 
the Everses. help him blow out his 98th birthday candle in 2006 






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Massac man’s skills sought in Persian Gulf War 


Veteran ship engineer recalls 
Lifetime of unusual repairs 


(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was published on Saturday ; March 
1, 2003, in the Paducah Sun daily newspaper. We thank Managing Editor Duke 
Conover for granting permission to reprint it in this book, and former Editor 
Karl Harrison for making the original assignment.) 

By Shelley Street 

The Paducah Sun 

METROPOLIS, III. 

If it floats on the water, James Evers ean probably fix it. 

Evers, 95, of Metropolis, has worked on steamboats, 
freighters, tankers and troop transport ships. As the oldest mem- 
ber, he will be honored Sunday during the 160th anniversary eel- 
ebration at the First United Methodist Church. 

Evers' talent for fixing ships has not gone without recogni- 
tion. Twelve years ago, when he was 83. the American Maritime 
Officers union in New York called him to see if he might be willing 
to help train younger engineers during the Persian Gulf War. 

Evers was not able to go because of his health, but he appre- 
ciated the call. “Ships are like cars,” he said. “They've improved 
them. Ed been retired about 30 years by then, and I was afraid they'd changed them so 
much I wouldn’t know which end is which.” Despite what he says, it's obvious livers has 
forgotten more about ship engineering than most people have learned. 

Evers said he stepped on his first boat during the early 1930s, w hen the ( ireat Depres- 
sion made it a necessity. As a coal passer, his job aboard the William G. Clvde towboat w as 
to use a w heelbarrow to move coal from a barge into the (ireroom. where it was led into 



furnaces to produce steam and electricity. The pay was some ol the best around SI a day, 
plus regular, good meals and a place to sleep at night. 

The job wasn't the safest, however. About three months later. Evers said, the boilers 


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on board blew up, sinking the ship on the river near Grand Tower. Four men died. Six were 
injured. Evers took jobs as a launderer, oiler and striker aboard the steamboats Indiana and 
Tennessee, traveling the Mississippi and Ohio rivers between Pittsburgh and New Orleans. 
After about three years, he was able to take a U.S. Coast Guard test to obtain his engineer’s 
license. 

“My license covered all waters, all tonnage, steam and diesel," Evers said. “It was a 
job, and it was a job that was hard to get, back then.” 

Evers remembers being stuck in the frozen Lake Michigan for 21 days while on board 
the Sinclair Milwaukee, which took oil from refineries to steel mills. “It didn’t even get up 
to zero," Evers said. 

The men were eating dinner one night and watching a television broadcast out of 
Chicago when a reporter said the Sinclair Milwaukee was on fire, startling the whole crew'. 
The reporter said people in the city could see the flames. It turned out to be the reflection of 
the searchlight bouncing off the ice chunks. Evers also worked on the USS Buckner shortly 
after World War II, transporting troops to Germany, England and France. 

Sometimes Evers used unconventional means to fix a problem. While on board the 
York, one of nine tankers owned by the Commerce Transport Company of New York, from 
which he eventually retired, an electrical switch went out. The whole ship went dark. 

Evers knew that the firemen in the boiler room couldn’t see their gauges, making the 
situation potentially dangerous. If the ship had to pow'er down to fix the problem, it w'ould 
be adrift, another potential danger. 

To fix the switch, Evers rolled up canvas into layers and threw it over an electrical 
panel the size of his living room wall, he said. Using the canvas as insulation he crawled 
over it. knowing that copper bars carrying 600 volts of electricity were only about an inch 
away, 

Evers fixed the switch. The lights came back on. 

During his journeys on the Commerce Transport Company’s ships, Evers became 
a world traveler. The ships picked up corn and wheat from the West Coast of the United 
States and took it to India, Burma and Pakistan. Then the ships would go to the Persian 
Gulf for oil. which they carried to Hawaii. Afterward, they w'ould return to the West Coast 
for more grain. 

Evers is concerned about the possibility of war with Iraq, being familiar with that 
region of the world, but says it may be a necessity to eliminate Saddam Hussein’s threat. 

“I think that Bush is doing the right thing," Evers said. “If they postpone it and post- 
pone it, he’ll be just like Hitler was.” 

After more than 40 years on the water, Evers retired, but he says he will always ap- 
preciate the sense of community on board ships. 

He smiles w istfully as he says, simply, “I loved to go to sea." 


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PICTURED ON THE 4TH OF JULY IN 1920 are (back row) Frances, Paul, 
(front) Rolland, Luther L. Evers, Vivienne, Evelyn, Helen, Ethel, and Stelsa. 


Ch. 3 


Tough, Happy Life for Brothers & Sisters 


By Byron L. Evers 


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can only recall a few things about Grandpa [James A.L. Evers],” said Paul 
in the summer of 2007 while discussing family history and helping to 
.prepare this book. As often done in the Evers families, Paul's first name of 
James was given to him in honor of his grandfather. Decades later. James Paul had two ot 
his own grandchildren and a great-grandson named after him. “Grandpa had to use a cane 
and limped pretty bad. Papa used to say he was sometimes difficult to live with because he 


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was in so much pain from Civil War wounds, but that he was always a Christian. 

"When I was about two-and-a-half. I was trying to show Grandpa how [little sister] 
Frances was learning to walk by holding her fingers up and leading her towards him. We 
both tripped and fell. Grandpa laughed real big and said, 'Paul, you need to learn to walk 
better yourself before you try to help someone else." 

"Sometimes we used to play around Grandpa's old original log cabin that had fallen 
down on the [west side of the] Lower Salem road,” said Paul. "A few years ago 1 walked 
back in on that same hill that is now just pretty much grown up into a woods. I found some 
Easter lilies that were still growing 
near where the cabin use to be, dug 
a few up, and transplanted them in 
my yard in Metropolis. 

"Luther and his brothers 
helped Grandma and Grandpa 
build themselves a new home on 
the bank of the Ohio River to live 
in for retirement. It was about 400 
or 500 yards up the hill just south 
of our farmhouse where we lived. 

It wasn't a log cabin though, as 
they made that home out of rough- 
cut lumber. 1 believe there was a 
relative who ran a sawmill a few 
miles north, near Karnak.” 

Luther’s home was less than 
a mile west of the tiny Hillerman 
community. It was sometimes 
called “Gab Town,” and located 
in the far western part of Massac 
County between Joppa and Grand 
Chain. 

One of Paul’s sweetest 
memories from when he was a child 
was when he and his brother and 
sisters would visit Grandma Eliza 


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PAUL’S GRANDMA Eliza McGee Evers (left), born in 1850, sent him this 
birthday card (above) dated Jan. 6. 1917, when he turned nine years old It 
says, ‘ Dear Paul. May your birthday be a happy day and may you be as much 
a comfort to your Dear Father and Mother as he has always been to me. Wish- 
ing you many returns of the day. Your loving Grandma. " As he did many times in 
the past, Paul (top) revisited the farms of his parents and grandparents in 2004 


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McGee Evers. She would treat them to something special each visit. “Grandma would 
get out a teaspoon and give us a taste of brown sugar. We’d be all huddled up around her 
like a nest full of baby birds with our mouths open. She would give each of us only one 
spoonful: that was the limit. One time. Grandma forgot and w'as just about to put a second 
spoonfull in my mouth, but then stopped when Frances started saying, ‘Paul’s already had 
one, Grandma! Paul’s already had one!'” 

On another occasion, they were enjoying a Sunday chicken dinner after church at his 
grandparents’ home when they heard what sounded like a loud scream. The horses tied 
up out front started getting spooked and were bucking and nickering. Paul and his father. 
Luther, went outside to see what was going on, but then hightailed it right back inside. A 
large, black panther was on a limb up in a tree in the yard, snarling at the horses. The big 
cat quickly decided it was time to move on down towards the river. “I never saw it again 
after that, but we used to hear 
some of the neighbors talk about 
it,” Paul said. 

“One time [little brother] 

Rolland ran all the way from 
Grandma’s house to ours without 
stopping, and he couldn’t say a 
thing because he was so out of 
breath. But he slowly opened up 
his hand to show us that Grandma 
had given him a shiny new silver 
dollar for his birthday. Boy, was 
he excited about it.” 

Grandma Evers was a rather 
large lady, and when she passed 
away in 1918, Paul said they had 
to move the casket out through 
the front window of their house 
because it was too wide to go 
through the door in an upright 
position. “I was out in the yard 
and remember watching as the 
hearse drove slowly past our 


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house down the hill, and then on to Lower Salem Chureh. Although 1 had been at several 
funerals, 1 believe that was the first time 1 had ever seen a motorized hearse. Most people 
at that time were still using horses.” 

Paul had heard about horseless carriages before that. He had never actually seen a 
real automobile until he was six years old when Uncle Gus Lippert, Luther's brother-in- 
law who was married to Cynthia, drove over to their farm in a 1914 Maxwell. "After we 
admired it for awhile and looked everything over. Uncle Gus told Papa and me to jump in 
and we'd take a drive into Metropolis. I climbed up and sat in Papa's lap. Boy! We thought 
we were flying, but we probably never got over 20 or 25 miles per hour on those old gravel 
roads. When we made it into town. Papa pulled out his pocket watch, stared at it for a bit. 
and put it up to his ear. He tapped on it a couple of times and then said it must have wound 
down and stopped, because according to it, it took us less than half an hour to get into 
Metropolis. Of course, he was smiling and just teasing us. 

"One of my earliest memories is that I can recall Mother [Ethel Bay less Evers] talking 
to someone in the kitchen,” Paul said. "I went in there to see who was visiting, but 1 
couldn't find anyone. She was down on the floor on her knees praying. 1 asked her v\ho 
she was talking to. She just smiled and said. ’The Lord/” 

Numerous times his parents described to him the night he was bom in 1 908. "My folks 
used to laugh when telling me about their mothers. The doctor told my grandmas, ’Shut 
up! You better put some more hot water on and quit your fussin" over which one of you is 
going to clean the baby up, because there’s going to be one for each of you!”' Paul never 
got to know his twin sister, Pauline, as they were premature babies, and she died after onl\ 
five months. "We were known as ’blue babies’ back then, because of the lack of oxygen and 
the color of our skins. We were sickly and not really expected to live very long.” To help 
out on the situation, Paul’s Aunt Cynthia Evers took care of Paul most of the time at her 
house while his mother tried to nurse Pauline along. "The night that Pauline died. Papa had 
hitched up the horse and buggy to go fetch the doctor. They actually thought that I wasn't 
going to make it through the night, but Pauline died instead.” 

Perhaps the early struggles with his health were God's w ay of helping him toughen up 
for a rough time ahead and prepare for many more life-threatening challenges he would 
face for 10 decades. You've always heard that a cat has nine lives. Well, Paul had even 
more, and pointed his finger heavenly when he said, "Seems like I was always in trouble 
with one thing or another, but someone was always there watching over me. 

"One time before 1 was even in school, I was out in the corral playing with the horses 
and one of them jumped over the top of me, kicking me in the head and knocking me 



ETHEL BAYLESS, Paul’s mother, is shown with her family when she 
was a child. She is third from the left in the top picture, and on the far 
right in the bottom photo. 


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unconscious." Paul said. "I didn't come to until late the next day. Papa told me I had blood 
coming out of my ears. nose, and mouth. He had picked me up and earned me over to a 
cold spring near the farm to wash me off, keep me cool, and stop the blood from flowing. 
A few years after that, my appendix ruptured. When the doctor operated, he had to get 
rid of the poison, and the only way they knew how back then was to pull out all of my 
intestines and lay them on a table beside my bed. The doctor then wiped clean every thing 
with alcohol, pushed the intestines back inside me. sewed me back up. and hoped for the 
best. I guess it worked, because I'm still here telling you about it 90 years later.'’ 

The best story that Paul's children and grandchildren enjoyed hearing him repeat was 
about how he got a whipping for finding and returning a pocket watch his father had lost. 
“I was about seven at the time." said Paul. ‘‘Several of us kids were outside play ing on 
top of a gate to the garden behind the house w hen I saw something shiny out in the sweet 
potato patch. Papa had warned us to stay in the yard. He was getting tired of us going out 
and digging up and eating the potatoes that were kind of like candy because they were 
sweet. Papa told us that the next time he caught one of us going out there that he would 
give a spanking. Well, Papa had been complaining for several weeks about having lost his 
favorite pocket watch. I thought that shiny object might be it. so I decided to go out and 
investigate. I’d no sooner gotten through the gate when Frances or Stelsa [another sister), 
one of them, started yelling ‘Papa! Papa! Paul's out in the potato patch.' He came around 
the house just as I got back in the yard. I unfolded my hand and showed him the watch I'd 
found. He thanked me, but then said he was a man of his word and told me he was going 
to have to give me a spanking. It was really not much of a paddling; just a couple of light 
swats on the rear end." 

When asked if that might have been the same watch that Luther discusses in his family- 
writings on him purchasing it at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. Paul said. ‘‘I’m not 
certain, but it might have been, because he was sure concerned about losing it. But. it also 
might have been the one Grandpa Bayless had given him.” 

Paul's parents made certain their children looked their best each Sundav when they 
would go to Lower Salem Church. Because there were seven children at that time, three 
of them would ride Paul’s favorite horse. Topsie. Paul would usually hold younger brother 
Rolland in front of him, while sister Frances would hold on to him from behind. Topsie 
stood almost 16 hands, so Paul would guide her over to a fencepost for them to use to climb 
on and off of her. The rest of the children would pile wherever they could into the single 
seat buggy that had a small bed in the back for the two-mile ride to church. 

When Luther was running for the school superintendent of Massac County. Paul 


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remembers him ordering a new buggy from a Sears & 
Roebuck catalog so they would have an extra one for 
the growing family. That buggy might be the one that 
can be seen behind them in a picture later in this book 
that has the families of both Luther and his brother, 
James Oliver Evers. 

Because of his small size, Paul was perfect for 
lowering down into the cistern on a rope to shovel 
dust and clean it out each year. During a dry spell, they 
would hitch a team of horses up to a wagon with three 
wooden barrels in the back and pul! down into the Ohio 




PAUL EVERS’ great-grandparents on his mother’s side are Jacob Miller 
(1825-1907) and Eliza Hanks (1825-1917). His Grandma Nancy Miller Bayless 
Is their daughter, shown on top. Eliza’s ancestors can be traced back to Thomas 
Hanks, who was born about 1630 in England and died in 1674 in Gloucester 
County, Virginia. Paul’s great-great-great-grandfather William Hanks and former 
President Abraham Lincoln’s great grandfather Luke Hanks were brothers. 


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River just past his grandfather’s house. They would then use buckets to scoop up water and 
fill the barrels, drive half a mile back to the farm, and then fill up the cistern. 

"My dad never had mules. We always used horses to farm with,” Paul said. Topsie was 
smart, very gentle and the most popular of the half-dozen horses they owned. After plowing 
the fields during the spring planting time, Luther would hitch Topsie up to a harrow early in 
the mornings and then leave to go teach school. The year before he was old enough to go to 
school. Paul would stand at one end of the 40-acre field and Frances would stay at the other 
end. They would then alternate turning the horse around carefully and lining her up for a 
return trip down the field, and send her on her way to the other end. ‘‘Topsie would make 
a straight line all by herself each time" and they would have the field done before Luther 
would get back home from teaching. 

Among the things they planted were com. potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, 
tomatoes, carrots, and lettuce. ‘‘Mother always would bake me a blackberry cake for my 
birthday, as we had plenty of wild blackberries growing along the fence between our farm 
and Grandma.” Ethel would can and preserv e some of the food for the winter months. She 
was also able to make a little savings for special things by picking blackberries and selling 
them on the weekends when they would go to town. They would have plenty of meat too. 
with chickens, hogs, and cattle. They could also have fish, rabbits, and squirrels when 
there was enough time to fish and hunt. Luther killed one his cows once after it had gotten 
Rolland pinned down on the ground and was using its head and horns to try and gore and 
grind him into the earth. 

One year, Ethel gave it a good bit of thought and believed she could make some mone\ 
for herself. Luther told her she had babies to take care of but Ethel was on her way to 
becoming an entrepreneur. She wanted a patch of ground to plant great northern beans. 
Luther sometimes may have thought different, but he was always his wife's staunchest 
supporter, so he plowed the ground on the hill towards the cemetery, about an acre and a 
half, purchased the great northern beans, and then planted them for her. The beans grew and 
with Luther plowing them regularly, so they made a good crop. 

When the beans came in, school was back in session, but as soon as the kids got home 
from school, it was the job of Frances, Paul and Evelyn to each get a tow sack and go to 
the field of beans and fill their sack. Each child was to fill a burlap bag full before coming 
in from the field. Frances, Paul and Evelyn each took a row and started filling their bag. 
Frances got hers full first and went to the corn crib for her mother to examine the produce. 
Upon opening the bag. it was revealed how Frances turned out to be the fastest picker. 1 ler 
bag contained “the vine and all,” not just the beans. Needless to say, Frances returned to 



the field to do her job over. 

The three children picked beans every day after school and it took them a few weeks 
to complete the whole field. Luther knew someone by the name of Smith who lived near 
Boaz, who had a wheat fan, so they didn't have to hull by hand. The fan pulled the hulls out 
and the beans fell down into a tray and they could fill one sack at a time. So, they hulled and 
sacked and gave some to each of the parents, and still sold $100 worth of beans. Ethel now 
had $100 to buy what she really wanted from the Montgomery Ward catalog. She ordered 
material and then set about making dresses and shirts for the whole family. Work Ethics! 
They learned young and they never quit. 

Ethel was quite a seamstress, said Paul. “She made all of our clothes we wore up until 
we got well into school. I remember her making that outfit I have on in that picture of me 
with the curly hair. She probably made the clothes too in that picture with Rolland and me 
when we were little.*' She even made their 
underwear, sometimes using the flour sacks 
for cloth after they were empty. She would 
also pluck some of the down feathers from 
the bigger birds during the summertime and 
the geese would grow them back before 
winter. “Mother would save the feathers, 
then when we killed a goose to have to eat, 
she would have enough feathers to make us 
a pillow or mattress.” 

They did not have electricity at the 
farmhouse, and just used kerosene lamps for 
lighting at night. There were no bathrooms, 
so a two-seater outhouse was about as good 
as it could get when nature came calling. 

Would they save the leftover dried corncobs 
for personal hygiene as some families did? 

"Oh no, we always had Sears and Roebuck 
catalog pages for that,” Paul said, then 
smiled while thinking about it. 

Luther was an expert with a horse 
buggy whip, and he used one once to "stop 
a bunch of hoodlums” who were disrupting 


LUTHER'S TWO oldest sons, Paul, 
left, and Rolland, right, are pictured 
shortly after they moved to their house 
at 9th & Ferry in Metropolis. 


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their Christmas church caroling practice. "They were coming up to the door every now 
and then and throwing a bunch of snowballs with rocks in them. Papa had warned them to 
stop,” Paul said. "Finally, he told me to keep the rest of the kids there in the church while 
he went out the side door, got his whip off the buggy, and waited to see if the boys would 
do it again. Pretty soon, here came another snowball into the church, then we heard a big 
crack of the whip, and one of the hoodlums yelped and grabbed his ear. Papa then popped 
another boy on the tip of his ear, too, before they ran off yelling. We think it was them, later, 
who ganged up on Papa one night, and held him down while they used a whip on him. "He 
had terrible scars on his back. I remember Papa laying on his stomach in bed for days w hile 
Mother would come in and tend to the wounds. He had big scars on his back for the rest of 
his life.” 

It was the second time that something like that happened to Luther. He and Ethel were 
still newly-weds and were going to a revival in Gab Town. Her Bayless family was of 
devout Baptist faith. Three or four rowdy men were walking along side the road, forcing 
Luther to have to drive between them. It was very clear what vulgar remarks they were 
directing at the couple. Luther had to defend his bride from their insinuating comments. He 
jumped from the buggy, unaware that one of the thugs was carrying a deadly knife. Some 
of the thugs held Luther while the one with the knife slashed away. Several stabs were life- 
threatening and deep enough to cut through Luther's dress clothes, seriously wounding 
him. Ethel managed to get him back into the buggy and home to doctor his wounds. She 
put him to bed and then poured warm hog lard over the gaping flesh to stop the bleeding. 
Luther carried those scars on his back for the rest of his life. Four of the scars w ere half-an- 
inch w ide from the top of his shoulder to below his waist. 

Paul was age six and in first grade and Frances was around four. Luther hitched up 
Topsie and Flora to the wagon and tucked Paul and Frances in for the ride to town. They 
were going to purchase cement for building a sidewalk for Ethel. 

Loading about a dozen bags of cement in the wagon. Luther took the children for a 
rare treat. They went to the Metropolis Hotel Family Restaurant where they had a delicious 
meal prepared by Mrs. Nettie Crawford. This was another coincidence regarding Kennedy 
and Evers relationships. Crawford's daughter, Dora, married Nellis Kennedy, who was an 
older brother of Florence Kennedy, who later married Paul. 

After eating, Luther went to the stable where he rented a horse for himself as he 
planned to stay in town to electioneer for the position of Superintendent of Massac County 
Schools. Lie put Paul and Frances in the wagon seat and handed the reins to Paul w ith the 
instructions, “All you have to do is give up half of the road.” He started them out at 9th 


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Street in Metropolis under the railroad track's overpass. They would go four miles north 
of Joppa to the cemetery and turn left. Paul said a couple times they would meet a wagon 
driven by a couple, most likely husband and wife, and the woman would lean over to the 
man and say something. Paul figured the woman probably thought he and Frances were 
"'running away”. The pair reached the Sexton property traveling west (just north of the 
present EEI property), when Paul pulled on the lines to turn. Actually, the horses knew the 
route but Paul's signal to turn (even though premature) was obeyed by Topsie and Flora. 
The travelers went half-a-mile when the road ended - in a woods. Paul said he managed 
to get the wagon backed up and turned around and headed back down the road again. 
Actually, the horses seemed to know what had to be done and they did it. Paul had just 
gotten anxious and made a wrong command but the horses could be trusted. Back to the 
main road, they turned west and headed again toward Gab Town. From there it was another 
four miles to the Evers Comer. 

Topsie and Flora pulled into the lot as the gate was open for them. The children could 
not have opened the gate themselves, but mother had been watching for them. Ethel had 
seen the wagon as it was coming down the last hill. Paul and Frances watched as their 
mother unhitched the horses from the wagon and put them in the stable, removing their 
harness and giving them feed and then pumping water for them to drink. It had been a long, 
long day for two young children. 

One day Luther came back from town with a baseball. They made a homemade bat, 
and everyone enthusiastically started playing baseball. They did not have a yard big enough 
for a real baseball diamond, so they used the trees as bases on the west side of the house. 
Luther would always keep the tree trunks painted with whitewash up as high as he could 
reach, which was a popular custom for that time if you took pride in your yard. Marbles 
were also very popular with everyone, and Paul was pretty good with them. Fie showed 
his own children and grandchildren how to play and shoot them. Some of the old original, 
antique marbles are still kept by many of them as family keepsakes. Paul and his brothers 
and sisters would also play hide-and-seek, tag, checkers, and wheel/stick. "We even played 
cards once until Papa discovered us with a deck and took it away because he did not 
approve of card games.” 

As for pets, Paul said they were not allowed to have a dog, because they were so poor 
that Luther believed it would just be another mouth to feed. Maybe Luther was afraid that a 
dog would bring more dogs and pups. Paul said, "'I never once ever heard Papa say a curse 
word; not even once. But, when he w ould get mad or angry, he would just say, ‘Ole Hound 
Pups!’ instead.” Paul's own children also say they never heard Paul, or for that matter, 


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even his brothers and sisters, utter a eurse word. Luther did allow them to have eats, as 
they could be good at controlling mice and could take care of their own food. Also. "Papa 
always had birdseed for the wild birds, because he felt that it livened up the place a bit to 
hear them chirping." 

One of Luther's favorite things to do with his young family was to make ice cream, 
even though they could not afford a "modem" hand-crank ice cream maker. "Mother would 
mix the ingredients, and then he would fill a coffee can with them, place it inside a wooden 
bucket, and pack it with ice and salt. He would then sit on the steps with the bucket 
between his legs and use the bucket handle to rotate it back and forth, back and forth, until 
we would have some ice cream to eat. Sometimes it would get so cold we would hold our 
heads with pain, but we'd keep eating it." 

The assembly line production created by Henry Ford the same year that Paul was bom 
made it possible for many Americans to ow n a Model T. As Luther advanced from just being 
a schoolteacher to eventually becoming elected as county superintendent, he decided it was 
time to purchase a Model T touring car for him to make his rounds to all of the schools in 
Massac County. "He ordered a special one that had an extra low 'granny' gear in it to help 
get up and down the muddy roads. You didn't have to have a driver's license, and one time 
he had me driving for him on the old road going towards Vienna. Some men were stuck 
pretty badly on that big hill near the cypress bottoms, as it had been raining for a couple 
of days. They flagged us down and warned us to not even try to make it up that big hill, 
because we'd just get 
into trouble as bad as 
they were in. 

Papa thanked 
them for the advice, 
and then had me to 
back up a bit and slip 
the Model T into that 
■granny" low gear. 

We took off. passed 
the guys who were 
stuck, and mud was 
flying everywhere. 

We passed a couple 
more cars and people 



LUTHER’S BROTHER-IN-LAW Jim Bayless driving a 
late 1920s Model T Ford. 


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EVERYONE IS ENJOYING a laugh in this (bottom) picture taken in 1922. Left 
to right are Frances, Roll and, Luther, holding Helen, Vivienne, Paul, and Evelyn. 
Although we were unable to relocate it, there is a wider view of this picture with 
Ethel standing far off to the left on the porch. The poorer quality (top left) photo 
may have been the last picture made of Ethel, who appears to be pregnant. 

Ethel, admiring the young girls playing with their dolls, died in child birth on Aug. 
14. The girls have on the same clothes and are at the same place on the porch in 
still yet another photo (top right) most likely made on the same date, and is often 
referred to as “Luther’s Dolls" by family. Baby Helen and Vivienne (front row) are 
pictured with their dolls, along with Stelsa (back, right) and cousin Kathleen West. 


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who where stuek partway up, and didn't stop until we got over the top of that hill. I looked 
over at Papa and he was grinning from ear to ear." 

Paul's older sister got them in trouble one day with that Model T. ’‘Papa had sent us 
somewhere on an errand and had warned me that under no circumstances was I to let 
Evelyn drive. Well, we no sooner had left the farm than she started fussing about it and 
pestering me, wanting to drive, until I finally gave in and we switched places. As we came 
around a curve, she got out a little too far in the middle of the road just as a horse and 
buggy were coming. The wheels on that buggy were pretty tall and stuck out so much that 
they just went right up over the top of the bumper and front fender on the driver's side, 
and bounced down on the running boards, then back over the rear fender and down to the 
ground. Just 'bout scared us to death! We got stopped and I ran back to check on them. The 
fanner said no harm was done and they went on their way. When we got home. I noticed 
that the fenders had some scratches on them w here the buggy had run over the top of them, 
so I raced into the house and grabbed some black shoe polish to put on them. We never 
did tell Papa and he never asked about how the scratches got on the fenders when the shoe 
polish washed off during a rain a few days later." 

After winning the election, Luther realized that he needed to move from the country 
into Metropolis: it was the largest town, most centrally located in the county, and where 
his office was needed as superintendent of schools. He leased the farm out and the family 
moved into a small two-bedroom home on Seventh Street before eventually being able 
to afford a much larger two-story home on the comer of Ninth and Fern Streets. A small 
corral was large enough to keep a milk cow to provide nourishment for the youngest 
children. Later, they would have a home on the east side of North Avenue, just across from 
the Masonic Cemetery and next to the old Copeland Orchard. 

Even though they were still in elementary school, now at Central. Rolland and Paul 
were once given the job of leading the milk cow from Metropolis back out to the farm 
where she could graze for a month. By the time they had walked to Joppa, about three- 
fourths of the 1 8-mile trip, they were pretty tired young lads. They gladly accepted an offer 
from a truck driver to ride in the back while holding on to the cow’s rope the rest of the 
way. Paul said, ’’She was so tired when we arrived at the farm that she plopped down under 
a shade tree and didn't get up for three days after that, except to get a drink of water. 

In Luther’s household, helping your neighbor was as normal as breathing. Their 
neighbor on the north side was Mrs. Easterdav and quite naturally, she called upon the 
young Rolland, a handsome and responsible lad of about 1 3 years, to accompany her fourth 
grader son Pat, on a very important mission. They were to walk her registered Jersey to the 


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Aubrey Fulmer farm, as he was the proud owner of a purebred Jersey bull. This arrangement 
had produced a very desirable offspring the previous year. The boys and the prestigious 
bovine were about two miles from their destination, and were getting tired as they reached 
the Ruford Sommers' farm. His bam yard was enclosed with a split-rail fence and in it 
stood a handsome Holstein bull. The Holstein and the Jersey seemed most interested in 
each other, and thinking it wouldn't make much difference, the boys began taking down a 
section of the rails. They placed the wood across a shallow ditch and the purebred Jersey 
knew why Rolland and Pat had built that bridge. She very obligingly walked right over into 
the barnyard to get acquainted with that Holstein. 

No one ever was scolded, but the following spring, Mrs. Easterday was overheard 
telling Luther, according to Paul, “I don't understand it - 1 have a purebred Jersey and I sent 
her to a purebred Jersey bull and now I have a Holstein calf.” Rolland told Paul the whole 
story and they would laugh through the years as they recounted this tale. Of course, they 
never told the parents, and it remained their secret. 

Mischievous? Yes. Practical joker? 

Sometimes. Keep in mind that this was 
before radio, television, and video games. 

They were lucky to get to see a silent 
movie once in awhile. Paul was right 
there with the rest of them when it came 
time to try some youthful adventures. 

One cold October evening, he and some 
of his buddies completely disassembled a 
horse buggy and reassembled it on top of 
a farmer’s bam for Halloween, and they 
stayed there all night so they could see the 
owner's reaction the next morning. After 
everyone enjoyed a good laugh, the boys 
came out of hiding. They then had to spend 
the rest of the day taking it apart again 
and reassembling it for the farmer on the 
ground before heading home. Paul didn’t 
know it at the time, but as fate would have 

it, the farmer turned out to be his future PA UL, far right, with some of his 
grandfather-in-law. Even though he had young buddies after a fresh snow. 


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never even met future wife Florence Kennedy yet. another practical joke was pulled on his 
future father-in-law. 

Paul claimed that he was just on the sidelines of this next one, and it is so had that 
other members of the family have begged for it to not be revealed. However, it is hilarious 
and has to be shared even if it might raise the eyebrows of animal rights advocates. Boys 
w ill be boys. Paul was hanging out w ith Nellis Kennedy, who was a year older and would 
eventually become his brother-in-law. According to Paul, Nellis was always one of the 
ringleaders in that part of the county, and he thought it w ould be fun to pull a practical joke 
on his father. Charlie C. Kennedy, the Massac Count} road commissioner. After hitching 
up the buggy for Charlie to ride into tow n, Paul said the> r "watched" and waited for Charlie 
to come out of the house. Nellis poked a few w alnuts into the back end of the horse. Then, 
as Charlie rode into town on the buggy, he could not help but notice the walnuts coming 
out ever} now and then. The boys were too embarrassed and scared to explain what had 
been done after learning that Charlie told several people he "just couldn’t understand how 
his old horse was eating walnuts whole and not even digesting them!” 



THE 1923 GRADUATION for eighth graders at Metropolis Central are shown 
here in front of the Baptist Church Paul is standing in third row, fifth person from 
the right, while sister Frances is shown on far left front row Papa Luther L Evers, 
county superintendent of schools, is on the the far right 


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As he had done on so many 
occasions, Paul walked to downtown 
Metropolis for a visit with his dad at 
the office on Monday afternoon, Aug. 
14, 1922. On his way, a woman. Paul 
described as being a "busybody,” 
stopped him and asked. "Is it true?” 

Paul replied, "About what?” 

"That your mother is dead." the 
woman said. 

As you can imagine, it was 
devastating for the 14 year old. Paul 
started running and once he got to the 
building, raced past the secretary and 
burst into Luther’s office. “Papa and 
I held each other and cried together 
for more than an hour,” Paul said. 
"Finally, we knew we had to go home 
and tell the rest of the kids.” 

The front page of the two local 
newspapers carried articles on how 
shocked the community was that Ethel 
had died in childbirth. For years, Paul 
often talked about how six doctors 
had tried to save his mother’s life, and 
some people may have questioned 
how accurate that might have been. 
The Republican Herald reported in 
its next edition: "...Drs. Walbright, 
Starkes. Fisher, Miller, Trovillion and 
Orr, performed a Caesarean section 
and Chitvavenous saline, followed by 
blood transfusion, from her brother 
who had been sent for to make the 
sacrifice of blood. The operation was 


MRS* LUTHER L. EVERS 


Wife Of County Superintendent Of 
Schools Died Monday. 

A death that came as a severe 
shock to the people of Massac county, 
occurred in Metropolis Monday after* 
noon at 1:20 o'clock. Mary Ethel, 
wife of Luther L, Evers, County Su- 
perintendent of Schools, died at Wal- 
bright hospital, after one of the most 
desperate fights ever recorded to save 
a life had been made, Mrs, Evers 
had not been in the best of health 
for several months. Sunday night, 
it developed that only an operation 
could save her life. Her case was 
diagnosed as Placenta praevia. She 
was taken to Walbright hospital, 
where Drs. Walbright, Starkes, Fish*, 
er, Miller, Trovillion and Orr, per*' 
formed a Caesarean section and 
Chitvavenous saline, followed by blood, 
transfusion, her brother who had 
been sent for making the sacrifice of 
blood. The operation was one of the 
most delicate that could be made and 
would have possibly saved her life 
but her* vitality and strength bad 
ebbed too low. 

Mrs. Evers was- born in Pulaski 
county, February 5, 18S4. She was 
the daughter of James D, and Nancy 
TL Bayless. She leaves to mourn 
her death, her husband, seven small 
children, two boys and five girls; her 
father and mother, five brothers, Arn- 
old, Rollio, Ray, Mark and Harley, 
and four sisters, Mrs. Nora Essex, 
Mrs. Grace Wood, Oma and Lucy 
Ray less. 


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one of the most delicate that could be made and would have possibly saved her life but her 
vitality and strength had ebbed too low.” It would be many decades later before caesareans 
became a safe and common procedure. 

"Her whole Bayless family were very small physically, and this was her ninth 
pregnancy, so it was probably just too much for her." Paul said. "I don't blame Papa at all. 
but society in general back then just treated women like broodmares. I know that sounds 
pretty coarse, but you had to have a large family because so many children would not live 
to adulthood.” 

Later that fall, Luther had to take care of some educational business at the Illinois 
State Fair, and he had Paul accompany him to do the driving. It gave the two of them an 
opportunity to enjoy some time together and talk a lot. After driving a few hours on gravel 
road, Luther remembered that he had been meaning to get the tie rod problem fixed on the 
car, and was concerned about it causing them problems. Even though Paul had not been 
asked to do any thing about it, he was aware of the problem and had fixed it himself w ithout 
saying anything to Luther. Paul said, "I took care of it.” You can imagine how that made both 
of them feel. Luther explained that he had arranged for him to stay in the men's donnatorv. 
and that Paul would 
have to stay overnight in 
the boy's dorm. While 
Luther went to his 
meetings, Paul was left 
to roam the midway and 
see sights he had never 
seen before. Saying 
they didn't have enough 
money for him to get on 
any ofthe rides, Paul just 
walked and watched. 

God works in 
mysterious ways, and 
living with tragedy 
is challenging. After 
Ethel's death, there 
had to be some divine 
intervention going on for 



THE THREE YOUNGEST children of Luther are LI. 
Harriett, and Joe. 


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Luther, as the Lord blessed him with not one, but two, beautiful, intelligent, and wonderful 
wives. 

Nellie Trovillion was a new teacher in town who lived only a few blocks away. “She 
always said she was impressed that Luther managed to get all of us kids dressed and looking 
sharp every Sunday when we walked to the First Methodist Church after Mother died,” 
Paul said. ‘"Now that I think about it. Papa had us walking a block out of the way I believe 
just so we had to go past Nellie’s house.” 

A little more than a year later, Luther asked Paul to be his “best man” for their wedding. 
"‘Papa gave me an envelope and told me to present it to the preacher after the ceremony,” 
Paul said. “1 could feel a coin in it, and knew money was hard to come by then, so 1 thought 
I’d open it up and put some more money in it for the preacher but I discovered it was a $20 
gold piece.” 

Nellie and Luther added three more children to the family. The youngest boy is the 
Rev. Joseph C. Evers, who said, “I don’t believe I ever recall any of us talking about half- 
bothers and half-sisters like so many families do today. We were just one big family.” In 
addition to their two-story house on Ferry Street, Luther had to rent out a second house 
across the street for awhile before they eventually moved to the edge of town on North 
Avenue into a larger home. 

As the oldest boy in the family, Paul believed it was his responsibility to protect his 
younger siblings. One of the biggest Metropolis High School football players was pushing 
around and picking on Rolland one day, especially making fun of the fact that he had to 
wear such thick glasses. When Paul found out what was going on, he jumped on top of the 
bully; quickly bloodied his nose, and it took several of the other students to pull him off. 
It would be a long while before anyone else would make fun of an Evers. Even though he 
was pretty small, this display of toughness led to Paul's joining the football team. Although 
Luther was 5-foot- 10, Paul was only 5-foot-3 and weighed 135 pounds. Paul was the largest 
of Luther and Ethel's seven children. “That's because of the genes on my mother’s side. I 
was taller than Grandpa Bayless when I was in elementary school,” Paul said. 

""One of my high school buddies once nudged me during lunch and said, ‘Say, I heard 
that old so-and-so has a date with Frances; aren’t you going to do something about it?’ He 
was worried because the guy had a reputation for being quite a womanizer. I knew that 
Frances was just as tough as me, and I just told him, ‘Nope, my sister can take care of 
herself.' Well, everyone was laughing the next day, because that big old guy showed up 
with a black eye after getting a little fresh with her.” 

Paul discovered once that his little brother L.T. was being threatened daily by a 


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neighborhood bully. Paul gave some lessons to L.T. on how to defend himself as a boxer. 
The next time the bully showed up, instead of running baek into the house, L.T. mustered 
up enough courage to put both fists up and face the bully head on. With one mighty swing 
that was perhaps a lucky punch. L.T. bloodied the larger youth's nose, causing the older 
boy to race home, yelling for his "Mommy!’' "L.T. never had any trouble after that with the 
bully,’' Paul said, smiling. 

During the school year, it was Paul’s responsibility to get up extra early so he could 
lead the milk cow from their home on Ferry Steet down past the high school and railroad 
tracks to graze in a farmer's pasture each morning. Then he would bring her back home 



THE JUNIOR CLASS PLAY at Metropolis High School in 1926 included Paul, 
who has his arm around Evelyn Neff on far left, front row. Louis Jones, Virginia 
McGinnis, Agnes Thane and Rita Evans are others seated. Standing are Char- 
lotte Grace, (Burton), Alvie Hardin, Stella Cagle, Spence Kidd, Burdette Bean, 
Ellen Trampe, Allen Montgomery , and Henry Morris. 


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to the corral each evening so the family could have fresh milk. After a particularly tough 
football practice one fall evening, Paul was tired and didn't like facing the uphill one-mile 
hike. “I climbed up on top of that old cow, and since she knew the routine, she took me 
right home. I think someone must have called and told Papa about it, because he found out 
before I even got there. He just got a big laugh out of it.” 

Riding a cow was not very dignified (teenagers didn’t use the word “cool” until half 
a century later) for a high school student. Paul leaped at an opportunity to buy a wrecked 
Model T to fix up. An elderly doctor had run off the side of the road and crashed into a 
ditch the first time he drove his brand-new Ford Model T Speedster. The doctor felt the 
“contraption” was too dangerous and decided to go back to a safer horse and buggy. “It 
wasn't damaged too bad so I bought it for only $50. I ordered a new windshield and top 
from Sears and Roebuck, installed them, and it looked almost new again,” Paul said. 







THHY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED BUT— 

I !o-e my dog about two weak. His color about black. His tail cut short to 
my busy. If find her. keep him. I belong to it. 

— Her. ry Witlman. 

jfe $ 5j« 

TOST — A gentleman’s gold watch: S-3 reward and no questons asked— -un- 
less my wife should happen to answer the door bell. 

— Prof. B. IT. Smith. 

* # 

FOP SATE — 1024 Ford Coupe, balloon tires, natural wood wheels: \\ • <n t 
last 24 hours. 


-Paul Evers. 


Wanted, man to milk and drive a Ford car 



— Paul Shelton: 
salesladv. with Mabel inside. 


LOST — Two NO EQUAL silk garment- Ip 
Plea-e return. Take reward. 

* -s t- 

IF THE PERSON is sensible and kii d enough to return immediately the blue 
bag which they took from the lady’s lap on going up the aisle with every- 
thing in it to the box office at Harmamis Bleekcr hall there will be no fur- 
ther trouble made for them as they are known. 




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It didn't take long for him to get into trouble with it. He got down low on the floor 
of the Model T to hide and then held up a mirror to steer it and drive through downtown 
Metropolis, just to see if he could make people think it was a runaway car. Later, he drove 
through town in reverse, because “I was immature and just being a smart aleck." That 
resulted in him being stopped and getting chewed out by a constable. 

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately (even Paul was unsure), he didn't get much of a 
chance to enjoy that car very long. While down at the pool hall one evening, a "friend" kept 
bugging him until Paul finally gave in. letting him borrow the car for just a few minutes to 
go and pick up a girlfriend. The Model T apparently stalled on the railroad tracks and the 
friend jumped out of it just seconds before a train smashed into it. Instead of offering to pay 
for destroying Paul's car, the so-called friend made threats of suing both Paul and Luther 
for giving him an "unsafe" vehicle to drive. Not wanting to damage his father's reputation, 
as Luther was up for reelection, Paul never pressed for retribution, and he had learned a 
valuable lesson the hard way. Adding insult to injury, the railroad company threatened to 
file charges if Paul didn't get the wrecked car moved off their property , and he had to hire 
a wrecker to tow it away. He did manage to sell the motor, still like new, for $40 to help 
recover some of the cost. 

Because of that incident, the follow ing was printed in a joke section of his high school 
yearbook: "FOR SALE-1924 Ford Coupe, balloon tires, natural wood wheels: won't last 
24 hours. - Paul Evers." 

Paul's indiscretion as a youthful driver continued one evening when he took Luther's 
new Model T over to nearby Paducah with his best high school friend. Bill Sumner. Similar 
to what still occurs even today, the teenagers decided they needed to test out who had the 
fastest cars, and some Kentucky boys directed Paul to a paved street down close to the 
Ohio River. It took awhile to learn why they wanted him to be in a certain lane when they 
quickly took off down a deserted road. Suddenly, the Kentuckians hit the brakes while Paul 
and Bill were raising their hands in what they thought was a great victory. Shouts of jo> 
quickly turned into cries of horror as they discovered that they were flying through some 
freshly laid cement that was just starting to set up. They discovered the Kentucky teens had 
removed a barrier and warning sign, so they realized they had been snookered into a real 
mess. After a great deal of struggling, Paul and Bill managed to pull the car out. They tried 
to get the cement off as best they could by washing it under moonlight at midnight by the 
river. The boys kept a pretty low profile for the next few days. In Paul's creative mind, he 
believed that Luther must be wondering why Ford would put cement on the underside of 
fenders and axles. 


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The school board hired a new teacher named Oliver Tripp. The aspiring young man 
arrived by train and then walked to the office of the superintendent where he asked to 
speak with Luther. Oliver told Luther of his plight. He knew himself to be frugal and he 
had enough money in his pocket to buy his food for a month, but he didn’t have funds 
enough to pay for lodging. He hoped it would be possible for Luther to speak for him at the 
Metropolis Hotel. He needed credit to rent a room until he received his first pay check. At 
that time, he could pay his bill in full. Luther's reply was, '“Get your suitcase and bring it 
to my house. We have a spare room and you can stay with my family.” 

It worked very well for all concerned. Paul studied under Oliver, as did Paul’s children 
when Tripp eventually became the principal. Oliver was a dedicated teacher who devoted 
his entire career, encouraging young men and women to believe in themselves and become 



PICTURED IN THE back row in 1927 are Rolland, Stelsa, Evelyn, Frances, 
and Paul, while in the front are Vivienne, Nellie, L. T., Luther holding Joe, and 
Helen. Luther and Nellie’s youngest child, Harriett, had not been born yet. 


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the best they eould be. He didn t have much tollerance tor foolishness so some thought 
him to be rather strict, but he had a fetching smile that said "I really care about you". The 



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principal always delighted in telling any of the Everses who w ould listen about how scared 
he use to be of Paul’s driving. According to Oliver. Paul drove on the sidewalk on the way 
home, and then had his father’s car going sideways several times on the old gravel roads 
when Luther had asked his son to take the teacher somewhere. 

Bill was a good mechanic, and he and Paul decided their senior year to take an old 
Ford engine and install it on a homemade wooden boat. They were always fascinated at 
the boat traffic going up and down the Ohio. Kind of like the Adventures of Huckleberry’ 
Finn , it was almost as if the low-sounding, loud foghorns tugboats used were calling to 
them. “We took off up the river with just the clothes we were wearing,” Paul said. "We 
were gone for almost a week and went up the river a long ways. We’d sleep on the banks 
at nighttime.” Since they were about 17 years old at the time, Paul said their parents were 
not real concerned, although Luther did comment that he wished they had told him first. 

During the 1920s, the Shelton and Birger gangs were involved in bootleg liquor. 



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gambling, cockfights, and dog fights. They had several "hideouts" in Southern Illinois tor 
trips to St. Louis. Paul said. "One night after we had played a football game. Papa said to 
toss the pads in the back seat, jump in and let's take off because it w as a long drive back to 
Metropolis. He decided to take what he thought was a shortcut. After awhile, we had been 
driving and driving on the gravel roads, and we still had not made it to the main highway. 
We saw lights on at a place off the road, so he drove there to find out where we w ere. 
Six men with shotguns immediately jumped out of nowhere and surrounded the car." The 
Republican Herald newspaper reported in its Nov. 17. 1926 edition. "All were ordered 
out from the car and asked who they were and what they wanted. Mr. Evers explained 
the situation and that they were trying to find the Carrier Mills road to get on the road to 
Metropolis. One gang member then asked angrily, 'Where the hell is Metropolis?' Another 
member went in the house and soon a man appeared, who very pleasantly gave the needed 
directions with the admonition to leave quickly. Mr. Evers later said he wondered what 
would have happened if the car had back-fired upon approaching the roadhouse/' Paul 
said he was surprised that his Dad didn’t immediately realize that it w as the Charlie Birger 
gang. "I had to tell him that," Paul said. 

Luther, who graduated in only a couple of years at Mounds City High School, went to 
college at Normal for teachers in Carbondale at what is now Southern Illinois University. 
He pressured all of his children to get as much education as possible. When Paul graduated 
from high school at Metropolis, he received a scholarship to the University of Illinois. His 
sister, Frances, who advanced two grades in one year, graduated from Murray (now a state 
university in Kentucky) in 1929, before becoming an elementary school teacher. "I helped 
Papa take her down there and move her into the dorm,” Paul said. "She really didn't want 
to stay and begged him to take her home. After we left Murray, Frances ran down to the bus 
station and bought a ticket, and she almost beat us back to Metropolis. Luther made her get 
right back in the car with us and go back down to Murray again (about 60 miles away)."' 
Another sister. Stelsa, went to nursing school and eventually became a head nurse at the 
Metropolis Hospital. 

"Rolland was the only one of us who had enough guts to tell Papa flat out that he 
absolutely refused to go to college." Paul said. He became successful with Bonifield Bros. 
Truck Line company. "Vivienne went to beauty school up north and I believe 1 Ielen went to 
business school," Paul said. "L.T. was very smart and should have been valedictorian when 
he graduated, but Luther was afraid that people would gossip and say he got the honor just 
because he was the superintendent's son. Luther instructed the teachers give a test to the 
top two students who were tied grade-wise for valedictorian, and L.T. came out on top. 



Then Luther forced the teachers to regrade the test a second time, this time with the other 
person getting the honor. L.T. joined the Navy and fought in World War II. After service he 
attended college. 

"I always believed that Harriett [Luther’s youngest daughter] was the smartest one 
of all of us. She was reading the entire Bible before she ever went to elementary school. 
Harriett was offered an opportunity to do research at a big university or for a company 
up north after graduating from 
Southern Illinois University, but 
she got married instead. I drove 
to Carbondale once to visit her, 
but she wasn't at her dorm room. 

Her roommate told Harriett that 
some short, fat, middle aged man 
had come by looking for her,” 
said Paul, adding that both he 
and his sister always laughed at 
that description, because he really 
wasn’t all that much older, nor 
was he really fat, but he was short. 

"Joe. went on to get the highest 
degree of everyone, a PhD, and 
became a minister.” 

To help pay for college, Paul 
worked a few weeks roofing 
houses with a football player 
named Harold Grange. Better 
known now as “Red” Grange, 
the ‘'Galloping Ghost” at the 
University of Illinois was named 
the greatest college football player 
of all time by ESPN in 2008. Paul 
said, “He was an okay guy. I didn’t 
think much about him back then, 
as it was just a job for both of us to 
help make ends meet.” 


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World War I had started when Paul was a child, and even though it had ended, there 
were already early concerns about a possible second world war. Since Paul's eyesight was 
so bad that the regular military would not accept him. he managed to get enlisted in the 
Citizen's Military Training at Fort Sheridan, 111. That was cut short when Lt. Col. L.J. 
Owen, a surgeon, disqualified Paul for defective vision in 1926. 

“When I was at Urbana, the university there, you had to take a course in military science. 
Well, I took the cavalry, because that way 1 could work with a horse." Paul discovered right 
away that his horse knew exactly what the different whistles were for and what different 
commands meant for them to do. Paul would drop the reins and just let the horse make all 
of the correct maneuvers. “All of us students were supposed to have read and studied what 
one whistle, two whistles, and so on and so forth was supposed to mean. Well, the first two 
times, I and my horse were the only ones going the right way. I was smart enough to not try 
and guide my horse. I let him go where he wanted to. because he knew." It was complete 
chaos for the rest of the class, as “They went every which way. One went this way and 
another that way. They would run together and pile up in the middle. Our commander stood 
there laughing and said [to Paul] 'you are a smart boy to do that.'" 

One of his responsibilities was to clean the stalls two or three times a week for his 
horse. As he did this, he was able to find numerous and unusual bugs and pin them in cigar 
boxes as part of his biology class assignment. He was stunned when his elderly biology 
professor accused him of cheating for having found that many unusual bugs by himself so 
quickly in that part of the state. He flunked Paul for the entire course. Back then, students 
didn't challenge their professors. “He wouldn't even listen, and just kept calling me a liar 
and a cheat. I hadn’t done a thing wrong, but I was ashamed and I felt l had damaged the 
Evers name, so I quit. That was after the stock market had crashed, making it tough to find 
work. I went to Detroit to work at the Kelsey Hayes wheel factory for awhile." 


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Ch. 4 

Plow Through Depression to Shining Sea 

By Byron L. Evers 

A s the economy grew worse during the Great Depression. Paul went back to 
Metropolis to help Luther with the large family, working at the ice plant near 
the river, on the farm some, and driving his father to school functions. He 
met Florence Kenned) at an old-fashioned box supper and dance. When asked wh> they 
got married in 1930. Paul simply said. “Because she lov ed me! And, I loved her too! It was 
during the depression, and I didn't think 1 had the right to ask Florence to marry me even 
though I wanted to. After going together for several months, we were out on a double date 
with Lillian Kennedy [Florence’s sister | one evening when Florence asked me il l wanted 
to marry her. and I said I sure did. So, we drove to Vienna and got married that night. We 
were afraid to tell our parents the next day. Mrs. Ellen [Florence's mother] went right out 
and bought a new mattress and brought it home so we could have a bed at their house. Mrs. 


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Ellen really liked that I worked at the ice plant because Ed always bring a block home after 
work for their icebox.” 

Paul was fortunate to have both a father and a father-in-law who were well-respected 
politicians in Massac County. Luther was nominated for county superintendent of schools 
one year by both the Republicans and Democrats after he had been doing such a great job. 
He was reelected so many times that his 20 plus years in office were longer than any other 
superintendent in the county. Prior to that he had taught school for 16 years. Charlie C. 
Kennedy was elected 1 1 times to two-year terms as county road commissioner. 

“Charlie helped a lot of people make it through the Depression by hiring several 
different men with families, and letting them share the available work through the week. 
That way he could help more families just a little bit.” Charlie hired Paul to work with 
him on a big project to construct a bridge over the top of the railroad tracks north of town. 
That 80-year-old bridge is located about a mile west of North Avenue, now known as 
County Road #1, and the intersection of County Road #13. It is still being used today. Paul 
said, “One of the nice things about getting 
that overpass bridge built is that it enabled 
Charlie and all of his relatives [and others] 
who had farms a few miles west of there to 
get into Metropolis easier.” 

Paul and Florence’s first child, Georgia, 
has never forgotten one lasting impression 
of her Grandpa Charlie Kennedy. “When 
I was about three years old and playing in 
the yard, without warning, Charlie grabbed 
me. picked me up, and then ran in front of 
an approaching train. It about scared me to 
death.” Charlie apparently knew that they 
would be okay if they would lay down flat 
on the ties between the rails. As the train 
passed over the top of them just inches away, 

Charlie shared with her that he did it so she 
would have something to always remember 
about him.” 

Although it hurt to talk about it. Paul 
admitted that he once “had a bit of a drinking 



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problem'* for a short time, and it took a bold move on the part of his wife for him to 
overcome it. “I was on the edge of becoming an alcoholic. Jobs were pretty scarce, and 1 
got to where each weekend I'd go out and part) some with friends. Then, a couple of the 
men in particular would get me to go to town with them with a wagon load of com. and 
after getting the money for it. we’d get liquored up pretty good. Finally. Florence got fed 
up with it and took Georgia, who was just a couple years old. back to stay with her parents 
for a week. I went over to visit, and had a good talk with her and Charlie. When I asked 
Georgia if she was read) to go home, she said she couldn't because Grandpa Charlie told 
her I was becoming an alcoholic. That really shook some sense into me. and I completely 
quit drinking.” As his son, 1 never saw' Dad take but one drink. He drank a beer at the 
celebration when Georgia and Earl Wiedeman announced their engagement in 1957. 

Paul and Luther worked out a lease agreement for them to split any possible profit if 
he could make a living on the old farm. “Florence and I tried it for four years, but it w as 
really tough during the Depression. We were selling com for only a few pennies a bushel, 
less than what we had paid for the seed. We 
were barely making it.” Paul said. For a while, 

Florence's younger brother Dick Kennedy 
lived with them. “Since we didn't have an 
extra bedroom, we just hung up a quilt around 
his bed in the living-room.” 

Most people believe that policemen 
invented speed bumps in the 1970s to slow 
down speeders. Although he never claimed 
to have invented the speed bump. Paul may 
have been one of the first to use one during the 
1930s. There is a long, downhill slope going 
west from Hillerman towards the farm. One 
person in particular was known to routinely 
race down it in his old delivery truck on his way 
to Cairo with eggs and milk. Paul had asked the 
driver several times to slow down, because he 
was constantly running over and killing some 
of his and brother Rolland’s chickens, which 
would go back and forth across the road from 
the farm house to the barn. Altei loosing three p au j Georgia Ann, and Florence 




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^ forence Kenned )> Evers ' grandfather Robert Taylor Kennedy was the son of 

Kennedy ; who was born Oct. 3, 1 7 91, in Schenectady, NX, and died June 28, 1874, 

JL in Metropolis after moving there in 1847. The Massac Journal newspaper, on July 4, 
1874, included the following in his obituary> "... The US. being then on the eve of war with Great 
Britain, he enlisted as a soldier and served his country through the War of 1812, having the honor 
to escort Gen. Jackson 's wife from Nashville, Tenn. through a then almost unbroken wilderness of 
fourteen hundred miles, to her victorious husband at New Orleans ” He married Hamah Ensloe 
(B Jan. 14 1800; D Oct 16, 1884) on March 22, 1818, in Scioto, Ohio. Besides Robert Taylor 
Kennedy, their children included John, Rezin, David E., Maty Ann, James McHenry, Levi Nix, Jam 
L., Rachel E., Julia Agnes, William H„ Doctor D., and Hannah Juiletta. Most of the Kennedy family 
in Massac County are buried at two locations ~ the Bumgardner and the Kennedy cemeteries. 

John Kennedy' Sr. (B 1713) and his wife Maty (B Aug. 16, 1716) are the eldest s 
we can trace back on Florence's side of the family. One of their children was John Ke< 

(B May 6, 1748), who married Nancy Wasson on July 2. 1 7 88, at the Protestant Dutch 
Schenectady, N. Y. He fought in the Revo/utionaiy War, and was the father of Robert, and , 
of Robert Taylor Kennedy. 

Charles C. Kennedy (B April 14, 1878; D Dec. 4, 1942) married Ella Ganett on Oct. 3, 

Their children, brothers and sisters to Florence, are listed below, along with husbands, wives, 
their children. 

Hazel Jesse Kennedy (B Sept 26, 1901; D May 31, 1938). Married Louis 
Children: Lois, Charles, Delbert, Donald, and Phyllis. 

Robert Garrett Kennedy' (B Sept. 20, 1903; D March 25,1919). 

Eldred Charles Kennedy' (B July 23, 1905; D July 4, 19 7 9). Marrie 
1 926. Children: Bill, Dale, Katherine, Scott, and Paul 

Nellis Lowell Kennedy (B Oct. 19, 1907; D May 8,1992). Married Dora Ester Wc 
11. 1926. Children: Charles Nellis “ Buck ", Lloyd Ray, Lowell Thomas, Virgie Lee, 

Jack Loren, Stephen Andrew, and Patrick Allen. 

Anna Mae Kennedy (B July 14, 1909; D July 14, 1991). Married Of in 
Children Willard and Lindell. 

Jeanette Floivnce Kennedy (B April 15; 1912. D July 21, 1979). Married James 
Oct. 5, 1930. Children: Georgia Ann, Charles Lafayette, Janice Kay, and Byron Lynn. 

Lillian Mildred Kennedy (B Nov. 28, 1914; D Nov. 9, 2002) Married Curtis Stewar , 

!93 7 . Children: Bobby and Boyd. 

Blanche Evelyn Kennedy' (B Sept. 3, 191 7; D July 13, 1997) Married Paul Tissier ?. 

Patricia and Paul. Married Jerry Palovick in 1963. 

Richard George Kennedy (B May 6, 1922; D March 11, 1989). Married Mary Fr< 

Sept. 23, 1946. Children: John. Married Emma Jean Corzine June 8, 1963. Children; 

Roberta Jane Kennedy (B 1925; D 1926). 


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PAUL EVERS had hardly even noticed his future wife Florence Kennedy (second from 
left in front row) when they were children, and he was friends with her brother Nellis. 

The top two photos are her grandfather Robert Taylor Kennedy (1844-1886) and great- 
grandfather Robert Kennedy (1791-1874). Identified in this group picture by sister Lillian 
are (left to right, front) Blanche Kennedy, Florence, Anna Mae Kennedy, Lillian Kennedy, 
Florence Dean, Verna Dean, (second row) Mr. Duncan, George Garrett, Annie Nix Gar- 
rett, Aunt Mandie Nix Dean, Aunt Jennie Burkey, Mr Burkey, (third row) Mrs. Duncan, Ella 
G. Kennedy, Charles C. Kennedy, Nellis Kennedy, Ruben Devers, Imagene Devers, Mag- 
gie Dean, (fourth row) Grandma Eliza Kennedy, Eldred Kennedy, Murrey Dean, Mr. Dean 
(husband of Aunt Mandie) or brother Wiley Nix, brother of Grandma Garrett 


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This was a time when it was common for there to be huge families, as 
often children would never make it to adulthood due to the tough living co 
tions. When the Evers and Kennedy families got together for special eve 
there were always plenty of kinfolks. James Paul Evers was one of 11 chi 
his father Luther had. Paul’s wife Florence Kennedy Evers was one of 10 
children her parents had. The Kennedys owned the General May home 
west side of the railroad tracks on May Avenue in the west part of Metro 
which is known as Mimosa Heights. Pictured above at this 1939 ChristmamM 
gathering, according to Lillian Kennedy, are Richard Kennedy, Ella Kenn 
Blanche Kennedy Polivick, Charles C. Kennedy, Nettie Crawford, Henry K 
Curtis Stewart, Lillian Kennedy Stewart, Bobby Gene Stewart, Delbert Korn- 
mer, Lawrence Kommer, Nina Kommer, Jim Kommer, Jerry Oliver, Ruth 
Wayne Oliver, Charles Nellis Kennedy, Tom Kennedy and baby Vergie, hews 
Kennedy Phyllis Kommer, Donald Kommer, Charles Kommer and Louis G. 
Kommer. Florence Kennedy Evers is pictured in the photos on the right that 
were made in the 1940s. 


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chickens to the speeding delivery truck one day, Paul hitched up the horses and drug a log 
across the road. He did it just before sunset, knowing no one else would be using the road 
until the next morning. He then covered it up with gravel and made sure there was a sign 
down the road, warning drivers to slow down on the country road. 

“Well, about sunrise the next morning, here he came, flying down that hill,” Paul said. 
“When his truck hit that log. all four wheels went up in the air, and when it landed, it 



Florence’s younger brother Dick 
Kennedy lived with her and Paul 


twice - once for a couple of years 
on the farm, and then later when he 
came out of the Marine Corp in Cairo. 
If you look closely at the front wheel 
near his shin you will see a baseball 
card flipping on the spokes. 


fishtailed around and probably broke every 
egg in that truck and spilled all the milk. 
The guy never even stopped, he just kept on 
going. It scared me so bad that I went back 
out and drug the log over to the bam. He 
never did say anything to me after that, but 
he always slowed down when he got near our 
farm.” 

After getting tired of not being able to 
make anything as a fanner for a four years, 
he and Luther decided to let some other- 
struggling relatives work the land, since 
they had lost theirs during the Depression 
and had no place to go. Paul had already 
gotten an offer working as a Singer sewing 
machine salesman in Cairo. “I would cut 
my commission and make less money per 
machine, but I quickly became their top 
salesman by selling more machines,” said 
Paul. His boss was such a tyrant that Paul 
hated his job and was fortunate when he 
“bumped” into something better one day. He 
was driving around a narrow back road to visit 
relatives near the farm when he and Captain 
Haynes, a well-known and highly respected 
tugboat captain, had a small fender bender. 
Nobody was hurt, and Haynes offered him a 
job on his boat as a coal-passer. Paul did good 
work and quickly progressed to a deckhand. 


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and then to laundryman. 

Paul settled in for three deeades, working 
on tugboats going up and down the Ohio 
and Mississippi Rivers. He studied hard and 
eventually passed certification to become 
a licensed engineer. He was a longtime 
member of the premiere maritime union for 
engineers and officers of the United States 
Merchant Marine. 

One of Paul's early tugboats he worked 
on was the William G. Clyde, a large paddle- 
wheel boat. Paul was not injured, but he was 
working on it when the engine room blew 
up in 1934, killing two crewmen on the 
Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau. Mo. 

The 1937 flood on the Ohio River is 
often described as the worst natural disaster 
to ever hit middle-America. More than a 
million people were left homeless, 385 died, 
and property loss was over $500 million. It 
came suddenly in an unusual time of the year, starting in January after record rainfalls and 
snow. Florence and Georgia escaped by going several miles north and being taken in by a 
caring farmer. Paul stayed behind with a few other men volunteering to close the floodgates 
and help protect the town of Cairo as best they could. The flood was so devastating that 
civic and industrial groups demanded authorities create a comprehensive plan for future 
flood control. This resulted in several dams and many more flood walls being built along 
the Ohio River. 

While living in Cairo during World War II. Florence worked at a defense plant, making 
the triggering device that would be placed in the nose of torpedoes that would be used 
by submarines. Once more. Paul tried to join the military, but they rejected him again 
because his eyesight was so poor. Although he could successfully pass the engineering 
exam questions with flying colors. Paul was in danger once of not being able to pass the 
required eye exam, even w ith his thick glasses, l he Cairo physician w ho was administering 
the exam knew' Paul was going to have difficult) with this part of the exam. It was near 
lunch time, so the doctor told Paul lie had "forgotten" to bring in the e> e chart that da\ . 1 le 



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ONE OF THE FIRST tugboats Paul worked on was the old paddle- 
wheeler William G. Clyde. He was not hurt, but several of his fellow 
crewmen were killed when the engine room blew up in 1934 near Cape 
Girardeau, Mo., on the Mississippi River. 


told Paul to pick up the eye chart from the physican’s car and take it along to a restaurant. 
He could bring it back to the doctor's office after lunch to complete the exam. Paul felt this 
was really saying for him to study the eye chart until “I had it memorized, enabling me to 
give the right answers when asked. So I did and he passed me. 1 always appreciated that 


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the doctor knew I was a good engineer and his trust in me was incentive to always be the 
best I could be. 

Paul and Florence's first son, Charles, died during World War II. His condition was 
miss diagnosed after the three-old suffered a ruptured appendix. "I don't care how old you 
get, you never get over losing a child.’' Paul said 60 years later. 

Once when his boat was docked on the Mississippi near St. Louis. Paul joined the crew 
on a visit to a nearby restaurant/bar. As they started to pay their tab, the cute waitress, who 
had been noticeably attentive to Paul during their time there, told him and the rest of the 
men to not w orry about it; she would take care of the bill and for them to go on their way. 
The crew teased Paul, saying they didn't realize that he had such a way with the female 
gender. He eventually let them in on the fact that the waitress was his wife’s sister, Blanche 
Kennedy Tissier. Blanch had respected her brother-in-law so much that she named her son 
after both him and her husband. 

A few years later, when Blanche and her children were spending some time one summer 
with Paul and Florence. Paul had a great interest in his nephew, and showed him some 
handyman skills, one being how to repair his bicycle. Younger Paul was so inspired by 
his uncle’s attention that he vowed he would grow up to be a good and deadicated person 
like his uncle. He fulfilled his commitment, becoming a much-respected manager for a 



<T 

GEORGIA ANN stands on runningboard of her parents' 1932 Model B Ford 
Ford, in Cairo. 


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successful, large auto dealership in St. Louis. 

Paul had been born on January 6, the day of Epiphany. The term epiphany means to 
show or to reveal. Epiphany celebrates God's revealing love. Paul's mother was a very 
dedicated and religious woman. She believed that Paul’s birth was a sign that he would 
carry the message of God's love. While Paul did not become a minister, he did exemplify 
the Christ like love for all to see -We are all worthy of forgiveness and mercy. Perhaps his 
namesakes are evidence of the Sight Paul brought into many people’s lives. Other relatives 
who named children after Paul include his sister, Harriett, his brother, L.T., daughter 
Georgia, son Byron, and grandson Stewart Wiedeman. 

The upper Mississippi River and the Great Lakes can be extremely harsh in the middle 
of winter. “One evening, our boat got trapped in ice when things froze up so quickly, that 
even the ducks and geese on the river couldn't move because their legs were frozen in the 
ice. I got up the next 
morning to go throw 
them some bread, but 
some animals, probably 
foxes or coyotes, had 
already eaten them, 
because they were 
easy pickin’,” Paul 
said. “Another time 
we got trapped in Lake 
Michigan for several 
days a few miles out 
from Chicago. We heard 
the radio announcer on 
WLS saying that our 
boat was trapped and 
on fire and they could 
see a big blaze. We 
started running around 
on the boat looking 
for the fire before we 
eventually figured out 
they were seeing our 



FLORENCE KENNEDY EVERS’ mother, Ellen Ken- 
nedy, seated, is pictured here with her children on Sept. 
22, 1947. Nellis is on the chair-arm, while standing are 
Eldred, Florence, Richard (Dick), Blanche, and Lillian. 


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spotlight bouncing off the big chunks of ice, and they thought it was fire." 

There were many life-threatening events too close for comfort for Paul, including 
several strokes, but perhaps the most challenging situation may have been in the late 1 940s. 
He became ill with tuberculosis and completely gave up smoking. TB was a killer, and 
there was no known cure then. He was sent to an experimental hospital at Fort Stanton. 
N.M.. where men w ere volunteering to take different kinds of treatments to try and find a 
cure for the disease. Of the more than 100 men with tuberculosis Paul met there, he said 
he was the only one he knew of who was able to walk out alive after spending more than a 
y ear at the hospital. “They gave us all kinds of different treatments, but they didn't really 
cure me. The doctors told me I'd alway s be coughing up this fluid 1 have that accumulates 
in my lungs. They said it would not be 


contagious, and that I might live awhile 
longer. It was there in that hospital while 
fighting TB that I decided to really 
completely turn my life over to Christ. I 
asked Him to help me to get out of there 
so I could take care of my family." Also 
inspirational to him was Dr. Norman 
Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive 
Thinking. “Everyone should read it in 
addition to the Bible when you are faced 
with challenges in life.” 

Florence was managing as best as 
she could at their home on 20th Street 
in Metropolis by cooking meals and 
providing sleeping cots for railroad men. 
Some were sleeping on the back porch, 
and others were even sleeping in the attic. 
She worked at home also as a seamstress, 
and refurbished antique furniture. Since 
he was still too ill to return to work. 
Paul’s company and union offered him 
a tempting payout if he would just quit 
and go on disability. However, that 
wasn’t for him. and he turned it down. 


1 


df* 

V ** 




PAUL gets his haircut in the experi- 
mental hospital at Foil Stanton, N M . , 
where he spent more than a year for 
treament of his tuberculosis 



and Florence are Charles, Byron, Janice, 
and Georgia, shown above when they were close to being the same age. 



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Paul eventually beeame strong enough to 
return to engineering on the rivers for another 
decade, earning his chief engineering license. 
The Teamsters Union forced his Mississippi 
Valley Barge Line company to fire everyone 
already employed who would not join them 
when they took over the company, so Paul 
switched to being a merchant marine engineer 
and went to the Great Lakes and oceans for 16 
more years of engineering. 

In the mid-1950s, Paul and Florence 
purchased Carl Wiedeman's old farmhouse 
that ancestors had built 100 years earlier. 
They hired Florence’s 
Kennedy kinfolks to 
move it to where they 
cleared an acre of land 
off State Highway 45 
east of Metropolis, and 
then restored the home. 

Many of Paul’s 
nieces and nephews, 
and even their friends, 
still recall the nitty tree 
house he built for his 
children that was the site 
of many fun sleepovers. 

Seems like most every 
visitor to the homestead 
became an overnight 
guest of the tree-house. 

Also, everyone loved 
picking the paper shell 
pecans each fall from 
the large trees in the 








PICTURED IN GROUP ARE Byron, Janice, Florence, 
Jimmy (James Paul) Wiedeman, Paul, Teresa Wiede- 
man, Georgia and Earl Wiedeman holding Glenn Wiede- 
man. Florence’s photo (top, right) was on the front page 
of the St. Louis Post when Paul was trying to prevent the 
Teamsters union from taking over their company which 
resulted in him getting fired. That was the turning point, 
causing him to pursue a career at sea. 


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back yard. We were also allowed to fish in the Wiedeman’s lake behind the house. 

Possibly the best fisherman in Metropolis, not just in the Evers family, was Paul's 
brother Rolland. That is where Rolland taught me how to spin cast fishing plugs to fool my 
first large-mouth bass. It was probably only a three pounder or so. but it sure seemed like a 
whopper. 1 got so excited that I asked Uncle Rolland to take me to the store that evening to 
advise me on what kind of fishing rod and plugs to buy with the money I had saved from 
mowing lawns. I went out by myself the next morning, and will never forget the shock after 
the first mighty cast. The brand new Shakespeare rod and reel sailed out into the lake, and 
the only thing I had left in my hand was the cork handle. After telling him what had happen. 
Dad advised me to get some more fishing lessons from Rolland. However, he quickly 
helped me get over the remorse of my loss by finishing up building a really "cool” go-cart 
for me. There was always a new project of some kind that he enjoyed doing for family. 
Times and projects became even more special, knowing they would see all of us through 
those long months when Dad was at sea. 

The shipping company Paul worked for in New York found themselves in a dilemma 
once and contracted him and his best friend, Everett Medley of Paducah, Ky.. to fly to 
Turkey to bring a ship in need of repairs, back to the United States. When they landed 
at the airport, they hired a taxi to take them several dozen miles to the seaport, passing 
through a mountainous region. "‘That taxi driver was the craziest I've ever seen.” Paul said. 
"He was on both sides of the narrow road, sliding off the side at times and just racing as fast 
as he could go. Boy, were we glad 
when we finally arrived at the ship all 
in one piece'’. 

Although he spent most of his 
time on freighters and tankers, the 
largest one he engineered was a troop 
ship, the Simon Buckner. It could 
transport more than 3,000 American 
military men at a time to German 
bases before being deployed to a 
variety of places in Europe and Asia. 

"One day while in Germany, Everett 
and I decided to take in a movie,” Paul 
said. "It was an old film featuring the 
Lone Ranger with his side-kick Tonto 


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[Native American Indian]. It was the most hilarious movie I ever saw. Everett and I got 
started laughing and neither of us could stop. They escorted ( actually threw) us out of the 
movie because we couldn't stop laughing when Tonto was speaking German.” 

One of Paul's most engaging memories was a mealtime conversation that occurred off 
the coast of Bombay, India, proving just how small the w orld can be. This w as before the 
city w ith 10 million people was officially renamed Mumbai. The ship's crew of about two- 
dozen men had just sat down to eat supper when one of them asked for somebody to please 
pass the "Evers" jelly. Previously. Paul had remarked that the jelly jar looked like it did at 
his home back in Illinois, smeared with butter in it. just like his kids did. A crewmember b\ 
the name of Forthman asked Paul, “Where do you live in Illinois?” 

Paul answered, “Metropolis.” 

Forthman looked up in surprise and said. “Well, I'm from Brookport [a small town 
about eight miles east of 
there]." 

Paul said, "Actually, l 
don't live in Metropolis, but I 
have a home about halfway to 
Brookport.” 

Forthman then said, 

"I don't actually live in 
Brookport. but I'm about 
hallway towards Metrop- 
olis.” 

Everyone stopped eating 
for a bit to check out the two 
men talking, whom they were 
certain had never seen each 
other before. 

“I then asked him if he 
knew where Bozy ’s Store was. 
and w'hen he said yes. I told 
him I w'as three houses west 


of there, or about a quarter of 
a mile,” Paul said. 

Forthman exclaimed. 


JANICE, Byron and Paul in New York on the 
Simon Buckner Paul's troop ship could transport 
more than 3, 000 military personnel to Germany 


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“Why, I live in the house immediately behind that store."' 

By now, the entire crew thought the two men were putting them on and had planned the 
whole conversation. 

As the mutual exchange continued, Paul mentioned that he had married a Kennedy 
girl. It seems that Forthman, too, had married a Kennedy and it turned out, their wives were 
actually cousins. Needless to say. the crew left the table shaking their heads in disbelief 
and no doubt wondering how it could be possible that such a remarkable coincidence could 
occur in the ocean near India. 

When Paul was a newcomer to seagoing vessels, lie was deceived by an unscrupulous 
mate who ordered him to climb the main mast to replace an important bumed-out light at 
the very top of the mast. It was true, that light was vital as a beacon should there be a need 
for a recovery search. So, Paul did as assigned. “When I got up there, the ship would rock 
to one side and there would be nothing under me but water. Then it would roll and sway to 
the other side, and again there would be nothing under me but water. I didif t know until I 
got back down that it wasn’t my job to climb that mast to fix the electrical problem; it was 
the mate’s who ordered me up there. The captain was verbally stern with that mate, but I 
had already decided that I was not going to climb that mast ever again. The captain chewed 
out the guy who had sent me up there, because he knew it was his job and not mine.” 

A ship was much more than a 
floating powerhouse to Paul. While 
at sea, delivering their cargo to every 
major port in the world, one could enjoy 
days of breathtaking, tranquil beauty. 

But, you always knew this scene could 
suddenly turn into one, where you 
were under attack and even common 
things become projectiles when faced 
with tidal waves, Paul’s ships always 
managed to survive when some have 
been known to break in half. On one- 
such trip in rough seas, Paul fastened a 
ladder to his bunk to keep from being 
thrown from it. He watched his desk as 
it slid across the floor with the rolling 

of the ship, only to be thrown violently Florence, Byron , and Paul in 1979. 



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back to the other side, crashing through the wall into the adjoining quarters. Paul said that 
storm, "tho only three days long, seemed that it would last forever.’’ 

Storms were not the only danger but they were a presence to be dealt with in connection 
with other functions. The engine room was 60 feet long and the propeller shaft was 20 feet 
and went three feet into the stem of the ship. Four of the 6 bolts securing the shaft had 
loosened enough that the vibration was causing the ship to wobble. Normally, the engines 
would have to be shut down for this repair but with no power, the ship is not only in 
darkness, it also drifts due to lack of controls. Dad knew it would take three days to recover 
from a power shut down and he was sure he could make the repair while the ship was 
still running. His creative mind was thinking of a w ay to save the company thousands of 
dollars by not shutting down the power. Dad was holding the foot long box end wrench to 



AS HE OFTEN DID during his later years, Paul enjoyed revisiting the farms 


where his family settled. He is shown here at the Bayless farm. 


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one of the bolts and his second engineer was to strike the wrench w ith the 14 pound sledge 
hammer to free the malfunctioning flanges. The ship suddenly rolled causing the engineer 
to become over balanced just at the moment he swung the sledgehammer. Paul was struck 
with the full force in the chest. He heard the captain say "He’s dead, he’s dead. Get him 
out of this hole.’' The first mate, Bill Johnson, pulled Paul over his shoulders and carried 
him up 91 steps to leave him in his bunk. Dad w as unconscious for a day and a half and 
wus not expect to survive. Many years later, that same mate, flew his plane into the airport 
at Metropolis so they could spend time sharing this and other memories of the sea and their 
experiences together. 

During the Six Day War between Israel and the Arabs in 1967, Paul was on the last 
ship that made it through the Suez Canal before it was closed. "Ships sit up higher than the 
flatland there because of the canal construction and location, so you could see a long ways 
inland. At nighttime we had a man on deck, using a signal light to do Morse code, letting 
the Israelis know how' far off target their shells might be landing that were going over the 
top of our ship. If the Egyptians had known about it, we probably never would have gotten 
the ship out of the canal,” Paul said. 

He traveled around the world many times, but always was eager to get home to his 
waiting family in Metropolis. "Some of the men on the ships used to make fun of me and 
couldn’t believe that I’d send all of my pay home for Florence to manage and take care 
of our family. It was the radio engineer’s job to wire the instructions to the home office 
how r our checks were to be distributed, and one of them called me in and said I had made 
a mistake on my paperwork - that I was sending my entire check home. I told him it was 
no mistake, I completely trusted my wife and we never argued over money. The truth is, I 
never felt the money I earned belonged to me; it belonged to my family and God.” 

As empty nesters, Paul and Florence enjoyed making visits to different states to stay 
for a week or so with their children and grandchildren. Life took a drastic change in 1979, 
when Florence died of cancer. For a while after that, he and his children would travel to 
visit each other until it became too difficult for him to go out of state. 

“My doctor told me several years ago, when I was about 89 or so, that he never thought 
he would see me alive, walking again,” Paul said. "This was after he operated on my 
carotid. I had over 98 percent blockage on the right side going to my brain and the other 
side was almost as bad.” After several months of continuous treatment, the doctor had to 
completely remove the right arterial bypass as his body had rejected it. Miraculously at 
Paul’s age, new veins managed to grow and provided an adequate supply of blood and 
oxygen for him to enjoy another score of years. Still showing a mischievous, fun side of 


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Harriett, Joe, Vivienne, Rolland and Paul at his 90th birthday party 


EVERYONE made it back many times after Florence died. Seated are Paul, 
Glenn Wiedeman, Teresa Wiedeman, Rachael Wiedeman, Brenda Evers, Lloyd 
James Evers, Georgia, Janice, (standing) Bruce Brinker, Stanley Brinker, Stewart 
Wiedeman, Rebecca Krieg, Keith Brinker, and Justin Evers being held by Byron. 


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him, Paul would often position his body just right to unsuspecting new nurses who might 
be checking on his pulse rate. After feeling around that side of his neck for a while and 
finally admitting that they could not find any pulse, many of them teasingly would ask if 
he is alive. He would smile and finally let them in on his secret that there was no artery on 
that side of his neck. 

Never losing that desire to learn new things, at the age of 92, Paul became interested 
in using a computer. Son-in-law Stanley Brinker set him up with an Apple Macintosh, and 
son Byron’s best friend, George Allen Rice, was able to coach him and fix a few bugs every 
now and then. Paul got into e-mailing and surfing the Internet, proving once again that you 
can teach an old “dog” new tricks. 

He was still mowing his yard and even getting up on the roof of his house at 1 1 1 6 North 
Ave. in Metropolis to remove leaves from the gutters. He no longer had the strength to pick 
up a push mower and put it in the trunk of his car. So, he built a small three-foot trailer 
to put a push mower on so he could pull it behind his riding mower and take it out to the 
Masonic Cemetery. There, he would mow the graves of Florence, Charles, Luther, Ethel, 
Nellie, and son-in-law Earl Wiedeman. 

Paul was having some problems with ingrown toenails, so he went to a podiatrist. He 
was told it might take a couple more visits to get eveiything right. Believing that you should 
always pay your bills as quickly as possible, Paul paid cash for the services, expecting 
his insurance company to reimburse him later. When he got a letter from the insurance 
company stating they had sent payment to the doctor, Paul returned to the doctor’s office. 
The doctor refused to pay him unless he could produce a receipt. Paul said, “That doctor 
knew I had paid cash and had not bothered to ask for a receipt. That really made me mad.” 
Feeling cheated, Paul decided he would not go back again. Instead, the engineer went to 
his workshop and got his dremel to cut off the top part of some of his older shoes to relieve 
the pressure on his toes. A few days later, he had a pretty good size Band-Aid on one of the 
toes. He confessed that he had decided to also trim his toenails with the dremel and it had 
“gotten away” from him. 

Paul’s weight dropped to only 105 pounds after falling and striking his head on the 
corner of his desk in 2004, resulting in a concussion and internal hemorrhaging, diagonsed 
as a brain tear. It was a very challenging time for many different reasons. There was a failed 
second marriage, and it is proper to follow Paul’s often-repeated advice of, “If you can’t 
say something nice, then just don’t say anything.” With the help of many cousins, daughter 
Janice was successful at getting him moved to Florida near her home in Bradenton. He 
fully recovered from his injury, and regained about 24 pounds within a year.Paul became 


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earth on the water as 
he had done so many 
times while working 
as a seaman. Paul 
even flew a kite, 
delighting at feeling 
it tug in the wind on 
his 99 th birthday. 

He was always 
ready to go and eat 
waffles somewhere, 
or perhaps do a 
little shopping a 
few hours at the Big 
Red Bam, a produce 
and outdoor market. 



active in exploring the Florida landscapes and found a renewed joy in life. A real blessing 
came from his niece. Dr. Jessica Weaver Kelcha. who made special trips from her dental 
office in Orlando to custom make a badly needed new set of teeth. Besides his own children 
flying in often, there were many other relatives who regularly visited him. sent letters and 
cards, made calls, and brought good cheer. Some of his compatriots kidded him that he 
got more visitors than all the rest of them put together, but they were all friends and good 
people who enjoyed sharing their blessings with each other. 

He enjoyed his final three and one-half years, aging with dignity, using exercise 
equipment, going to the libraries, museums, church, and living a quality life at a wonderful 
facility' called "‘Westminster’s Towers.” Because of his pleasant disposition, he quickly 
made friends and was voted “King of Hearts” during their Valentine's party . “I felt a little 
bit awkward, like a 'plow boy’ at first, because so many of them came from well-to-do 
families.” Although they did not convert from dress apparel to Paul’s blue-jeans, they did 
enjoy learning to give “high five" as their salute. 

He could go 
outside and watch 
beautiful sunsets 
on the Gulf, seeing 
the curvature of the 


MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS on both the Evers and 
Kennedy sides of the family were very caring and help- 
ful when Paul fell at age of 96 and had to be hospitalized. 
Barbara and Jody Bryant help Georgia, Janice and Stanley 
Brinker prepare him for a trip to the airport to fly to Florida 
so he would be nearer son-in-law and daughter Janice. 


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Janice and Sian got a Lick out of him one day, using their riding mower to help cut their 
lawn and just about everything else that was in his way, including sticks and rocks. There 
was so much banging and popping going on front the mower that their dog. Ginger, ran into 
the house in fear that she might be next. 

As friends and suite-mates for three years in Florida, Dr. Joseph Duke and Paul took 
pleasure watching out for each other and sharing meals and meaningful conversations 
together. One day, after having some difficulty getting his new pants unbuttoned because 
the hole was too small. Doc called out to Paul for some help in their bathroom. After 
sizing up the situation, Paul went back into his room, got a pocket knife he had been given 
for Father’s Day, and asked Doc if he trusted him. Forever the engineer, and with Doc’s 
approval, Paul used the knife to carefully cut a slight slit in the button hole, making it easier 
to finally get the pants off. Fortunately, the shaky hands were steady enough to get the job 
done, and no nurses showed up, as they surely would have found that was quite a shocking 
scene. 

One of Paul’s most touching moments at Westminster came when a fellow retiree 
that he had not yet become acquainted with followed Paul to his room after a Sunday 
church service. The man had taken notice of how Paul would always say the Lord’s Prayer 
and the 23rd Psalm with 
enthusiasm, and he wanted 
to know 7 if he would teach 
them to him, “I did the 
best I could;' Paul said. 

He suffered another 
setback and had to be 
placed in isolation for more 
than two weeks in his last 
summer. He had caught a 
highly contagious form, 
of MRSA pneumonia. 

Everyone going into the 
hospital room with hint had 
to wear protective rubber 
clothing and a face mask. 

Reluctantly, sounding a bit 
like a convict sentenced to 


became dose friends for three years, helping each 
other as much as they could while being suitemates 
at Westminster’s Towers in Bradenton, Fla. 


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PAUL was humbled by the many relatives who turned out in Florida for his 
99th birthday party that included nieces, nephews and brother Joe He es- 
pecially enjoyed telling Paul D. Evers (lower left), the son of his brother L T., 
many old family stories since they had never met before 


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prison, Paul accepted what had to be done, saying, "I guess it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of 
the people if I [stayed and] gave it to them, so I’ll do my time.” After recovering, Paul was 
teased at the celebration held in the Westminister Tidewater cafeteria. He was told how his 
words, “I’ll do my time,” sounded a bit like a prisoner. Even then he was still quick with 
another punch line, adding, ‘‘Yes, and it was hard time, too!” causing everyone to laugh. 

He continued helping to work on this family history book to the very end. “I don’t know 
why the Man Upstairs has chosen to let me live this long, but I’ve enjoyed a wonderful 
life and wouldn’t change anything,” said Paul on Oct. 13, 2007, as he was having a five- 
generation picture made with his daughter, Georgia Ann Wiedeinan Blue, granddaughter 
Teresa Wiedeman, great-granddaughter Rachael Homyak, and great-great-granddaughter 
Regan Homyak. 

Bom Jan. 6, 1908, James Paul Evers died peacefully around noon on Nov. 26. 2007 - 
41 days short of his 100th birthday. 

Calling from Hammond, Ind., that morning, Georgia insisted that I phone Dad back, 
even though I had talked to him an hour earlier from Colorado. 1 am forever indebted to my 
sisters. Even though I was trying to prepare college lecture notes at the time for my next 
class, which was just minutes away, I knew it was important when Georgia repeatedly said 
that I needed to call him back right then. After dialing the numbers, Janice answered and was 
there beside his bed with a nurse in Florida. She said that Dad could not speak, but that he 
could still communicate by shaking or nodding his head. She asked him if he wanted me to 
say one of his favorites - the 23rd Psalm - and he nodded yes. With tears streaming from our 

eyes, I managed to 
get through it for 
him -and all of us. 
He acknowledged 
to Janice that he 
heard it just before 
passing away a 
few moments 
later. 



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FIVE GENERATIONS - At the age of 99 years and 10 months, James 
Paul Evers enjoyed feeling the soft skin on the foot of his great-great- 
granddaughter Ragan Hornyak, who is being held by her mother Rachael 
Hornyak, his great-granddaughter. This is a picture of five generations. 
Also pictured with Paul are his daughter Georgia Blue, and his grand- 
daughter Teresa Wiedeman, mother of Rachael. 


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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 

Luther L. Evers (1883-1945) 


Ch. 5 

Something About Our Family History 

(EDITOR S NOTE: This document was originally typed by daughter Mary Frances 
Evers Shelton and perhaps daughter Helen Evers De Vita while Luther dictated. It is 
presented here the way Luther first prepared it in 1931. Luther gave it this title. “ Whether 
there was to have been more, I don 't remember. This was written the first summer after I 
had taught my first school. I was twenty-two and Dad was forty-eight, ” wrote Frances.) 

By Luther L. Evers 

B eing nearly fifty years old and not having made any record here before as 
our fathers and grandfathers did, it appears to me that sometime in the future 
that which is written here may be considered a very worthwhile record. At 
least I would appreciate now had my grandfathers made some record in writing for their 

descendants. 

I was bom on the fifteenth day of July (Sunday morning), 1883. My father was James 
Albert Evers. He was the son of John Alexander Evers, who was the son of William Evers 
who came down the Ohio River from Pennsylvania with his two sons about the year of 



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1810. My mother was Ann Eliza McGee, a daughter of Judge Hugh McGee of Pulaski 
County, Illinois. He was the son of William McGee, a Scotchman from Pennsylvania, who 
settled in a woods near Hopkinsville, Kentuck). 

My birthplace was in a log house, a three-room structure made of smoothly hewn logs 
about fifteen inches wide. The front part of the house was a two-pen affair w ith a one-pen 
room setting back of the front pens w ith an open porch about fifteen feet square between 
the two log parts of the dwelling. Father had hewn logs right aw ay after he had received 
his honorable discharge from the Union Army in 1865. The two rooms of the front part 
of the house were w hitewashed inside, and as I remember, the floors in the rooms were 
made of ash which Mother scoured frequently with water heated on the big fireplace 
after she had scattered seed over the floor to assist in cutting loose from it whatever muss 
was clinging to it w ith the lye soap she made from hickory ashes and soap grease failed to 
remove. The very hard surface of the ash floor was as smooth as though it had been planed 
because of Mother’s continued work of keeping it clean. The small cracks, which were 
left between the hewed logs, were tightly chinked and daubed. The chinking was made 
by Father from straight oak wood. The daubing was made of sand and lime which had 
mixed with it hog hair. The hog hair had been saved from the hog-killings of some of the 
neighbors. After this mixture of lime, sand and hog hair got thoroughly 'set': it w as nearh 
as hard as cement. 

The kitchen, which set twelve or fifteen feet from the main building, w as about fourteen 
feet square. The porch between the two parts of the house was open the full w idth of the 
north and south sides. In the summertime Mother set the table on this porch where we could 
get the breeze, which we needed. In the w inter time the table was moved into the one- 
penned affair so that we might eat in the warm room. We all had to dress before breakfast 
because we had to cross to the kitchen, w hich was swept across by the north winds, snow, 
sleet, and ice as it fell. But once inside the kitchen, we had a good meal for Mother w as an 
excellent cook. 

There was but one window in the kitchen and it opened on the west side where we 
could look out into the garden which was surrounded by a tall paling fence which Father 
had rived from straight oak timber and nailed with cut nails to horizontal bars and which 
were also nailed to the post with cut nails. 

In those days no one had window shades nor wire to screen against the Hies. There 
were none to be had. While eating in the summertime as soon as the meal was brought 
from the stove and put on the table, one member of the family had to scare the flies. At our 
house this w as done by going to the nearby orchard, breaking off one of the w ater sprouts 


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JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE EVERS returned home from the Civil War 
and built his cabin a mite south of Lower Salem Church on the west side of Mas- 
sac County in 1865. His father, John Alexander Evers, and uncle, Joseph Na- 
than Evers, were farming three miles north of Lower Salem. Joseph had started 
farming there in 1837 before his older brothers, James and John, moved here 
from Kentucky in anticipation of the Civil War. The smaller cabin sketch (lower 
left) of J ALE’s cabin was originally drawn in the 1980s by his great grandson 
Chris Bryant, based upon descriptions provided in Luther L. Evers’ writings. Af- 
ter having done 20 years of work and research as an architect, Bryant’s revision 
in the larger two photos are what he now believes it may have looked like. 


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about two feet long from one of the numerous peach trees, then jerking off about one third 
of the limb from the sprout and waving it continuously over the table. 

The dwelling which I described stood on a little hill on the east side of the southeast- 
fourth of the southeast quarter of section thirty -one in the township of fourteen south, range 
three east in Massac County, Illinois, not quite a mile south from the Salem Church. When 
I could first remember, there were woods on the south, east, and north sides of our farm. I 
spent many a happy day with my sister Hattie, who was about three years younger than I, 
playing in the w oods just east of the house. Because of the density of the w oods, moss and 
ferns grew in abundance, which we gathered and used in our playhouse. Grapevines grew 
in these w oods, also, and we had lots of fun on the grapevine swings made by the older 
members of the family. 

As only one end of the grapevine would be hung high in the trees, the big end of it 
was cut loose from the ground and a stick was then tied across the lower end to make a sort 
of a seat. 

There was a deep creek running through the woods that lay east of father's farm in 
which Hattie and l fished for "craw dads’" with a worm on a bent pin. Some of the waterholes 
in this creek were really dangerous. As a child I did not realize how dangerous they were 
until one day when Hattie got in the water over her head. When she came up 1 reached my 
hand to her and pulled her out of the water. I told her that we must never go in these holes 
again, and we never did. Neither did we ever tell Mother of this incident. 

In those days it was not realized how necessary it was for children to go to school. 1 
was not a strong child at all, so Father and Mother did not start me in school until I was past 
seven years old. As a boy 1 w as rather sleepy headed. One morning to get me out of bed 
my sister Cynthia came to my bed and said to me, (after much shaking) “Luther, roll out of 
there. I want you to go to school with me today.” 

The road to the school (Lower Union) was merely a path across woods and fields. It 
was nearly two and a half miles. The creeks which we were obliged to cross had foot 
logs across them. After I started to school a handrail was made for small children to hold 
to while crossing foot logs. These foot logs across the creek were made by the parents 
chopping down large trees and letting them fall from one bank of the creek to the other. 
An axe or adz [similar to an ax with an arched blade] was used to level the top surface 
of the log so there would be less likelihood of one of the children slipping into the creek 
while crossing on the log, especially when covered with ice or snow. I he hand rail was 
made by cutting a long sapling and tying the ends of it about three feet above the ground 
to a stake on either bank driven tightly into the ground by the side of the foot-log. The 


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older children who were experienced in crossing these foot-logs never used the handrails, 
because it looked too babyish. The smaller children learned to cross on the logs without 
holding, just as soon as they could so they would not appear babyish either. 

A mile or so before we reached the school-house we had to cross a dense strip of 
timberland. About a generation before I started to school, a cyclone had struck this strip of 
timber felling to the ground everything in its path. Each morning and afternoon going and 
coming from school, we had to cross the fallen timber. This timber was called the “Humean” 
by the people of the community. It was hard enough in fair weather, but straddling over 
these big logs when they were covered with sleet or snow was certainly very disagreeable. 
The woolen stockings the mothers knitted were tom and plugged quite frequently. 

The schoolhouse at the time was a shoe-box affair w ith the front door opening out into 
the road which ran through the woods. There was no playground except the public road 
and a patch of cleared ground about sixty feet on which the children sometimes played 
'town ball” similar to but not just like baseball. The most playing that was done were 
games that could be played in the woods. Fox and Hound, Base, and Horses, which were 
made out of bushes and saplings, bent over until the feet could reach the ground. There was 
no water supply at the schoolhouse except what was carried in buckets from the waterholes 
of creeks nearby, or what was canted from a weak spring dug out at the foot of the hill 
about two hundred yards from the house. The school had no toilets neither for the boys 
or girls. At noon and recesses the boys went "‘up the row” out of sight and the girls went 
“down the row” to the woods. Neither sex ever dared look towards where the other sex 
went. This was indeed a primitive mode of sanitation, but it was what was demanded and 
was rigidly enforced by the teacher. 

The teacher who was teaching this school while I was a young, was a man named 
Fred Young. Mr. Young was a fine looking gentleman. 19 years of age. To a child of my 
age he was very impressive. I sat and looked at him most of the day and gnawed at 
the corners of my First Reader. My older brothers and sister accused me of eating up 
three First Readers. I suppose that was the only way I could get anything into me out 
of that school, because during the three years Mr. Young was there I still stayed in the 
First Reader. It seems queer to think of it now, when we see children graduating from 
the eighth grade at 12 or 14 of age and that in ten subjects. 

When l first started to school there were young men older than the teacher going 
to school in the "A” class. Men with mustaches an inch long and young women of 
equal age were called the "A” class. They studied Reading, Writing, Spelling, and 
Arithmetic. Some of them did extra work and took Geography. Three or four of them 


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took Grammar. There were about ten in this "A” class when 1 first began. They were 
reading in the Fourth Reader. The "B” class was using the Third Reader. The "C" class 
was using the Second Reader. The remainder of the class was using the First Reader. 

That usually meant from 15 to 25 in the "Primary” class. The seat arrangement in 
this school was in four rows - a long row of seats on each side of the building reached 
nearly the whole length of the schoolhouse. The middle two rows of seats reached 
from the rear of the room to a big box stove which set somewhere near the middle of 
the building. The fuel for this stove which was carried into the building by the pupils, 
was wood. It was laid along side of the stove to dry off. The stove had a hearth about 
ten inches square which stuck out in the front of it and was used by the teacher as 
"spittoon”. The remainder of the room spat on the floor. 

The Primary Class recited twice a day, always standing. If the older pupils recited 
well and finished quickly then we Primary pupils had the opportunity of having three 
classes that day. Mr. Young always let the Primary pupils go home early after the last 
recess. Much misconduct was practiced on the road home, especially fighting. As I 
look back on my happy childhood days I think the maddest I ever became was one day 
going home from school when a boy name Dan Hutton got me down in a scrap, held 
me flat on my back, and spit amber in my face. I told him that I would whip him if I 
ever got big enough, but that family moved out of the neighborhood and during the 
fifteen years that elapsed when I next saw him I had gotten over my mad spell. 

People now-a-days talk about children being so bad, but as I look back on the first 
schools I attended, it appears to me that children are a lot better now than then. The 
old fashioned desks that we used at that time were about four and a half feet long. 
Most of the desks had three pupils sitting on them, usually a grown-up child on the 
ends of the seats and the little brothers and sisters sitting in the middle of the seats. 
I remember that I sat between Dr. Alvin Smith and Ed Wade. Sometimes the teacher 
left at the last recess in time to reach the steamboat landing by the time the "Fowler" 
reached there on its trip to Paducah, so that he might go home over the weekend. 
At such times he left the school in charge of one of the older pupils. One evening I 
remember in particular before the teacher had gotten out of sight of the schoolhouse 
one of the boys pushed his seatmate right out onto the floor. The remainder ot the day 
was spent in a general uproar. The next Sunday at Sunday School, the pupils were all 
complimenting their teacher about the fine school they had on the proceeding Friday 
afternoon. This was all done with a straight face so that no parent would suspect any 
thing unusual. 


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Another occasion i remember distinctly was after the teacher had made the rule 
that no one should be excused to go home at the last recess, unless a note written by 
one of the parents was sent to the teacher by the pupils. One day one of the older 
boys named Sam Mangum started home without the written excuse. Mr. Young was 
rapping on the side of the schoolhouse with a hickory stick for "books". There was no 
school bell at that time. The teacher yelled out, "Come back here”. Sam yelled back, 
"I'm not a-going to do it." The teacher took out after him to compel him to return. 
Sam having a start of about fifty yards in the lead and wanting to miss his last lesson 
broke into a run and was a furlong ahead of the teacher before he was caught. He then 


JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE EVERS and wife Ann Eliza McGee Evers 
have one of their last photos made with son Luther L. holding baby, and wife 
Ethel beside him. On far right is Luther’s brother James Oliver Evers, and his 
wife Lucy. JALE was born in 1843, died in 1910, and married Eliza in 1865. 


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pulled an old sock out of his pocket which had a stone in it about the size of a goose 
egg, and tried to slug the teacher with it. After the teacher took the slug away from 
him and ordered Sam to go back to the schoolhouse, Sam refused to walk. The teacher 
had to drag and push him all the way back to the school. He was worn out when he got 
there that he could not get the boy into the door and had to call the assistance of some 
of the grown boys to help him get Sam into the house. However, after the teacher 
got Sam into the house and had rested awhile, he thrashed the boy with a four foot 
hickory stick to his hearts content. 

I don't remember of ever trying to copy at school but once. That was in my number 
work class. I was sitting with a fellow much older than I named Gus Maschmeyer. Gus 
always made 100s in his number work. The teacher had some division problems on 
the board. I did not understand the "divided-by” part so I tried to copy off of Gus. 1 
did not know enough about the work to know that 1 should go from the left to the right 
with each problem and so I went up and down with the dividends, division marks, 
divisors, equals marks and quotients. It was a clear case of cheating and the teacher 
gave me a clear case of punishment. 

I suppose the meanest thing I ever did in school was with the aid of Charlie 
Barnett and Arthur Moorehead piling up leaves and setting them afire. The fire was 
about a hundred yards from the house but the wind whipped the leaves off of our pile 
setting the woods afire in every direction causing a lot of anxiety for the safety of the 
schoolhouse. As there were woodsmen in the woods hewing railroad ties, no one ever 
suspected the pupils of starting the fire, but for the public's suspecting that the fire 
originated by some “tiehack" throwing a match down after lighting his pipe. 

From my earliest recollections I was able to ride horseback. That was the common 
means of travel for everyone, men, women, and children. My father had been a cavalry 
soldier during the Civil War. He was an expert horseman and he delighted in seeing his 
children learning to ride. Nearly all of my riding was without a saddle, for my father 
or one of the older boys usually used it. When my sister, Cynthia, was about fifteen 
years of age, Father bought her a side saddle and a bay mare to ride. In those days a 
girl would not have been thought modest to ride astride. As some of the children have 
never seen a side saddle, I shall attempt to describe it. The rear part of the seat was 
about like a man's saddle, but the ladies sat facing the horse’s head with both legs on 
the same side of the horse. The right leg was parallel to the horse’s back with the right 
knee hooked over the left horn of the saddle. The right horn, being about 10 inches 
from the left horn, stuck up on the right side of the saddle to prevent the ladies from 


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falling off on the right side of the horse. There was but one stirrup on the saddle. It 
hung down on the left side slightly below the skirt of the saddle. It was made for the 
left foot. The apron of the saddle extended down from the side of the seat nearly to 
the horse’s belly. The ladies riding horseback wore long riding skirts reaching from 
the waist down to about halfway between the horse's belly and the ground, protecting 
their clothing from the sweat and dust in the summertime and the splattering of mud 
during the winter. 

When I can first remember, mail came to the neighborhood once a week. Father 
or some of the neighbors would go horseback to Grand Chain after it on Saturday 
afternoon and bring all the mail for the neighborhood home with him. A little later 
a family named Yates moved into Pulaski County onto the riverbank. Mr. Yates 
conceived the idea of having the mail sent up the river from Cairo on a boat. He 
circulated the petition for establishing a Post Office which he named Yates's Landing. 
The government granted the office as a steamboat the "Gus Fowler” made daily trips 
from Paducah to Cairo past Yates's Landing, our mail service was materially improved. 
After I had been shown the way to Yates's Landing, I rode horseback and went for the 
mail myself. 

One day when 1 was eight years old I got on old Fan and went to the Post Office. 
Sister Cynthia was then the secretary for the Salem Sunday School. The Sunday School 
literature for the next quarter was part of the mail that day. A sudden thunderstorm 
came up while I was on the road home. Fan ran away with me. I suppose she was 
anxious to get home out of the rain. Her coat of hair being wet and slick, I failed to turn 
a corner when she did and fell off into the mud with all the Sunday School papers. She 
ran on home, jumped over the lot fence and went into the barn. I picked up my Sunday 
School books and went home bawling, getting louder as I got nearer home using that 
method to prevent being scolded for soiling the Literature. My parents were so glad 
to see me coming that they never even scolded me, and never said anything about the 
muddy papers. 

My father and mother were both very religious. The first time I remember of ever 
hearing anyone pray, 1 was playing in the yard at home. My oldest brother, Albert, 
was then away from home at Greenway, Arkansas, working in a saw mill. Mother had 
gone into the kitchen to get dinner. Father and the other boys were not at home. I 
heard talking. I went to the kitchen door to see who it was that was talking. There 
was Mother kneeling by the flour barrel praying for the safety of her boy. At that time 
I did not know what prayer meant, but as I grew older it helped many times to keep 


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me straight. 

I do not remember when I first went to Sunday School. I am sure it was before I 
could walk or talk. Father was the first Sunday School Superintendent at Salem. He 
kept the School going the year round. Sunday School used to run from April to October, 
then disband until the next April. One April when they elected Father Superintendent, 
he announced he was determined to make that the "Evergreen" School by running all 
winter. Than was somewhat of a startling announcement for that community, but he 
made his promise good. One of Mother's favorite songs was "There Were Ninety and 
Nine [that safely lay].” Father’s favorite song was "Happy Day.” Father used to take 
an interest in Sunday School Conventions. I remember him making a talk one day at 
a Sunday School Convention, trying to impress on the congregation to set examples 
before children. He told of an incident in which I mortified him and my mother. One 
day Mother failed to put a napkin by his place at the table. That one day he wiped his 
mouth on the edge of the tablecloth. Not many Sundays following that he and Mother 
went to Mr. William Peck's for dinner. Mrs. Peck had fried chicken. In eating my part 
I got grease all over my face. Mrs. Peck had a fine white linen tablecloth on the table, 
overhanging the edge of the table some inches. All of a sudden I realized that my face 
needed wiping. I laid hold of the fine linen cloth and smeared it well with grease, from 
my face. Ma said to me, "Why, Luther, I never saw you do a thing like that before in 
your life,” which was the truth, but to justify myself I said to her, "Papa do that." Father 
told this to impress the fact of what one bad example will do. 

When I was nine years old we moved to the southeast fourth of the southeast 
quarter of section six of township 15-3. This was a new place with only about five 
acres of the forty that was cleared. My father made this move to clear himself of debt. 
He sold the old place for $1260 cash to Burrell Little and he bought the new place 
from Jess Hawkins for $500 cash, using the remaining $700 to pay his indebtedness. 
Being honest himself, he never thought but what Hawkins was honest also, and paid 
cash for the land, not knowing there was a mortgage on it. This mortgage became due 
in about two years. Money was hard to get those day and Father, being a man about 
fifty years old, and being thrown in debt anew was never able to clear himself to the 
day he died. 

Having moved into a new school district, 1 had to learn new ways and new games 
to play. 1 thought because the boys did not play as I did that they didn’t have any 
sense, and freely told them so. My opinion of them and my hot temper got me into a 
scrap the first morning before books. Miss Mae Slimpert now Mrs. Ed. Cowling, was 


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my first teacher on that occasion. I should have received a good switching for what 
I said and did that morning, but the teacher’s leniency spared me. I had a variety 
of country teachers at this school. Looking back upon the situation I see that I was 
unfortunate in having to attend school with some of them, and that I exceedingly 
fortunate in having some of the teachers that I did. I had the following teachers for 
instructors: Lucy Slimpert, Rebecca Arnold, Robert Elexander, Calton Garret, George 
C. Schneeman, Clara Wells, and )ohn Weaver. 

The year after I graduated from the Eight Grade 1 did not go to school. My class was 
the first Eight Grade graduating class that Massac County ever had. The total for the 
county that year was nine graduates. Joshua Reynolds was the County Superintendent 
that year. He did not hold any Commencement Exercises for us but notified all those 
who passed the examination to meet him at given places where he would be to deliver 
the diplomas to us. 1 rode a mule to Mr. John Davis’s place for my diploma. 

In the fall of 1900 I went to high school in Mound City, Illinois. I stayed with 



CHILDREN OF Eliza and James A.L. Evers are (left to right) Albert, James 


Oliver, Luther, Hubert, Cynthia, and Harriett. 


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Mrs. M. Smith, one of my mother’s sisters, who was County Superintendent of Pulaski 
County for twenty-four years. At that time she was running a Gents Furnishing Store. 
It was my job of mornings to build fires in the kitchen range, the sitting room heater, 
the upstairs bedroom heater, and in the store. I also had to sweep out the store and 
carry in sufficient coal for the night. I had an hour or so to run errands for other 
people. After supper I prepared my lessons for the next day. 

Having not entered high school at the beginning of the term. I was sadly 
handicapped, especially in Algebra. I was the oldest pupil in my room and with one 
exception I was the only one from the county. At the time there were only two teaches 
in that high school. Miss Mae Robertson taught nine and ten and Paul Sabine was 
principal and taught grades eleven and twelve. I have often wondered at the patience 
of Miss Robertson. But along with her patience, she was also strict in governing her 
school. I was put in the tenth grade when I entered, I suppose on account of my size, 
but along with the lessons in grade ten I had to do some reciting along with grade 
nine. In the first quarterly examinations held in that school after I entered in the class 
of eighteen, I ranked eighteenth— a thing which humiliated me very much. I was 
reminded of what General Grant had said, that is, "If they had been turned around 
the other way, I would have been "Valedictorian." My rank in that class examination 
confirmed the opinion of the other pupils that I was really a dummy, country green, 
and everything else they called me, but it served as a stimulate to me to do better 
than that the next time. When the second examination was held and the reports were 
ready to be given out, the teacher lined us up along the side of the room in the order 
in which we ranked in the first examination. She then began handing out the report 
cards in the order in which we ranked in the second examination. Katy McNeil ranked 
first in both examinations. When the teacher Miss Robertson, called number two, 
Luther Evers, I strutted like a peacock as I walked from eighteenth to second place. I 
was a regular hero from then on in the eyes of all the High School, myself included. 

At the beginning of the second semester I was elected president of the Platonion 
Literary Society which was composed of about half of the high school, including 
members of the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. I suppose I acted as "green” 
but none of the other students ever told me so afterwards. 1 took an active part in 
all forms of sport including football, hammerthrow, discus, javelin throw, high and 
broad jump. In the Southern Illinois Contest at Murphysboro 1 failed in practically 
everything, but 1 did throw the hammer six inches father than the previous best record 
made in other contests. My high jump was 62 inches. 


Up to the time I started high school I had never stayed away from home over 
twenty-four hours at a time. To look back now it seems silly but I got as homesick 
as a baby between the time I started to high school and the Thanksgiving vacation. 
1 was so badly homesick that I would have been glad to see a yellow dog from the 
neighborhood. Imagine my chagrin on Sunday morning when I went to Sunday School 
and one of the young fellows about my age said to some of the other fellows standing 
near, "My doesn't he look educated." Some of the boys gave a smearing laugh. Those 
sneers gave me a stronger determination then ever to become educated. 

Aunt Hester Smith, administrator of my Grandfather McGee’s estate, which 
amounted to very little, my Mother's share being $35.00, took care of my personal 
expenses while in high school out of the $35.00 she owed Mother. Now-a-days $35.00 
is not considered s large sum of money, but it meant a lot in those days, especially 
since it was the only money Mother had. Knowing that she spent all she had on me 
made me want to make good in the world if I possibly could. 

I took the Teacher's Examination in Massac County and earned a certificate before 
I was eighteen years old. Having succeeded in receiving a certificate in Massac County 
I took the examination also in Pulaski County. 1 was really proud of my certificates, 
even though I had no school to teach. 

The following winter 1 boarded with my brother Jim who lived on my grandfather's 
old home place, on the first hill west of Karank. From there I walked across the bottoms 
to the north bank of Cache River to Rago in the edge of Johnson County, working for 
Main Brothers Box and Lumber Co. I received $3.25 a day for my labor. We worked 
nine hours a day. This lumber camp like most others was filled with rough talking 
men. There were but two of us who did not swear, myself and Abe Weece. Mr. Weece 
was a teamster but no matter how aggravating the situation became, he never swore. 
He always had some jolly remark to make about every annoying situation. 

It was while I was working at Rago that I ever took a chance on any game. The 
merchant there had some green wool shirts which all of the men admired. One morning 
while the mill was shut down for repairs someone suggested that we buy one of the 
shirts. Twenty-two of us were to pay a dime apiece and raffle it off to a lucky number. 
The wooden lid of a candy bucket was marked of into segments, each of which were 
numbered. A nail was driven into the middle of the lid and then into a tree. One of the 
men gave it a short whirl and another of the boys shot the lid while it was whirling 
with a rifle. The segment of the board hit was the lucky number. The number hit was 
next to mine. My number came so near being the lucky one that I took another chance 


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on another shirt just like the first one. The same number that got the first shirt got the 
second one, also. That broke me. From that time on whenever I was tempted to take 
a chance on something, I always remembered the two shirts I helped buy for the same 
man. I have never taken a chance on anything. 

I taught my first school at Post Creek in Pulaski County, at $30.00 a month for 
six months. Mr. Lonnie Miller, Mr. Henry Peck, and Mr. Martin Payne were the three 
directors. They tried practically all one afternoon to "jew” me down to $27.50, but I 
held out for $30.00. I expect that was more than was worth, looking back, as I do now, 
on the number of mistakes I made. 

My school began the first of October. I worked at the job as hard as I could. The 
first day of school flew by in a hurry. 1 forgot to keep watch of the time. Happening 
to see some of the boys looking out of the window, 1 looked out and saw that it was 
nearly sundown. I dismissed the pupils immediately and tried to excuse myself for 
keeping them so late. As the children left the playground, one of the big boys yelled 
to another one going in the opposite direction and said, "I’m going to bring a lantern 
tomorrow." 

While teaching this term of school, 1 stayed at my sister Cynthia’s. She never 
charged me a cent for my board all winter long. I give her and Gus the credit for my 
success I may have had for teaching that school. 

The next year 1 taught at Union, the next at Post Creek, and the next back at Union. 
This was at $33.33, $40.00, and $50.00 respectively. I taught three terms at Gilliam at 
$60.00 a month, four terms at Maple Grove, and one full term at Joppa. 1 taught two 
parts term for other teachers at Joppa. 1 was the first teacher to teach high school 
subjects at Joppa. The pupils composing that class were Herbert Willis, who became 
a dentist; Morgan Tucker who became a doctor; and James Davis who became a 
teacher. 

In 1914 I ran for the Primary Election for County Superintendent of Schools. My 
opponents in the race were W. A. Spence, who had at that time served twelve years as 
County Superintendent, and Miss Emma Brainard, an old teacher in the county. Mr. 
Spence defeated me by 122 votes. We were all running on the Republican ticket. As 
soon as 1 found out I was defeated I declared my loyalty to Mr. Spence for the General 
Election. Some of Mr. Spence’s enemies persuaded Miss Brainard to run on the 
Democrat ticket in the general election that followed. That action cooked her goose 
plenty and assured my election in 1919. My opponent in the 1918 primary was Frank 
McCartney. Having been defeated in 1914, I knew better than to be too certain ol my 


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nomination in 1918. Mr. McCartney had been principal of the Metropolis Schools, 
Mayor of Metropolis, and cashier of the National State Bank. He was so sure of this 
nomination that he tried to get me to draw out of the race to save me humiliating 
defeat, but when the votes were counted 1 had carried every precinct in the county 
except Brooklyn. I did not have any opposition in the General Election. In 1922, and 
again in 1926, 1 had no opponent in the Primary Election. 

In the 1930 M.M. McCartney and W.W. Williams were my opponents in the Primary. 
I received the nomination from both the Republican and Democrat tickets. I consider 
it the highest possible compliment that both parties should nominate me as their 
candidate. I have always felt the deepest obligation to the people of this county for 
the way they have treated me in the elections. I have tried to express my gratitude to 
them by giving the best possible service that I could. 


LUTHER L. EVERS (second from left on back row) is not muct older than 
many of his students when he was teaching in 1916 at Maple Grove. 


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"Someone has said that probably 
no man in any capacity touched and 
influenced the lives of more young 
people of Massac County than did 
Luther Evers. ” 

George May, History of Massac County 

Ch. 6 

Slow Learner Becomes 'Dean' of Education 

( EDITOR S NOTE: This is presented the way it was typed by Generva (Spore) Mann, 
a teaching friend and personal assistant to Luther, who died in 1 945. Since he lived for six 
years after starting for the second time on his family history, they may have worked on it 
as he was able to while fighting Parkinson s disease. It stops in mid-sentence on the 28 ,h 
page of the manuscript. Notice that Luther says "following articles ” and "these articles " 
below, so it is possible there was more, but none of his children were able to locate any.) 


The following articles are written by Luther L. Evers during the summer of 1939, just 
before his term as county superintendent of schools expired. It is written by him because, 
so far as is known, no one has ever attempted to write any family record. It is as accurate 
as I have been able to make it. It is also written with the hope that if any errors are found 
in it, that the finder will take the time and patience to correct them. My intention is to have 
these articles as nearly correct as I can make them, showing the shortcomings as well as 
the good traits of the individuals. 

By Luther L. Evers 

I was bom on the 15 lh day of July, 1883. My parents then lived in a double log 
house which stood on the east side of the southeast fourth ol the southwest quarter 
of section 31 in Township 14-3 in Massac County, Illinois. I he house was made 
of logs hewed out by my father after he came home from the C ivil Y\ar. Each one of the 


double pens was about 18 or 20 feet square and two stories high. It had a front porch 
along the entire east side of the building about 10 feet wide. On the west side of the north 
pen there was another pen used as a kitchen. It was about 14 feet square and had an entry 
between it and the north pen of the main building. This entry was about 14 feet one way 
and 10 feet the other, across which the scorching winds of summer swept as well as the 
frigid winds of winter. The entire house was covered with boards which were riven by my 
father from big white oak trees which stood in his clearing. The rafters were made of poles 
which come also from the clearing. The “sheeting", which crossed from rafter to rafter and 
supported the boards, was also riven by my father from the straight, grand oaks from that 
selfsame clearing. The large brick chimney and an ample fireplace stood at the south end 
of the main building around which we all w arned ourselves night and day, and there, also, 
Mother did a lot of good cooking. 

The logs and larger timbers were fastened together with wooden pegs. All the nails 
were iron (not steel) cut nails. They were used (sparingly) in fastening together the boards 
of the roof, the floors and the w indow casings. The doors were made of tongue-and-groove 
material. The floor in the “front" room was made of hard ash. which Mother kept clean by 
the use of home-made lye soap mixed with sand and scoured regularly. The house, garden 
and potato patch were fenced in with sharp-pointed pickets about five feet high within 
which Mother never let a weed grow, if she knew it. The stock bam and lot were fenced in 
with rails “stake-and-rider" fashion to prevent the breach mules from getting out. The lot 
gates were made of heavy white oak pickets, so heavy to open and shut that we children 
usually crawled through the cracks of the rail fence. 

The earliest thing I remember in my life was my baptism by Reverend Volney Cicero 
Evers at the old Salem Church. 1 remember him taking me in his arms and blessing me. I 
remember that I had on a white dress. 

Another incident I remember when I still wore dresses was that I had a great big cat 
for a pet. One Sunday afternoon we had company and it was also raining. I had been 
playing with my cat for quite a while. The company was sitting on the front porch, the 
edge of which was about two feet from the ground. The yard was muddy. 1 suppose I 
wanted to show out. At least it occurred to me that it would be funny to throw the cat out 
in the yard and see it get all wet and muddy. So I went to the edge of the porch with the 
cat in my arms, held it up and tried to throw it out into the yard, but he was too quick for 
me. When I turned loose of him, he grabbed hold of the front of my dress; his weight, in 
addition to my stooping position, pulled me headlong from the porch out into the mud, 
right on my nose. I was a cake mud from the top of my head to the tip of my toes. It was 


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a long time before I heard the last of my smart-aleck trick. 

1 suppose 1 had been petted by the rest of the family quite a lot. My oldest brother. 
Johnny, had been drowned the day I w as tw o weeks old. and Mother grieved so much over 
the loss that her condition carried over into my life, and it was thought that for awhile that 
1 would not live through the summer. 

My place at the table w as between Pa's and my brother Albert's. When I had taken out 
on my plate more of an article of food than I w anted or could eat. I would ask somebody to 
take it off my plate. One morning I had some thickened gravy left w hich I asked Pa to take 
but he refused, as did all the others around the table until I got to Albert and asked him to 
take it. He said, "No, 1 don't want it. Give it to the cat.” Well, the cat w ouldn't eat it. After 
that w hen 1 w as about to take too much food upon my plate, some of the other members of 
the family would caution me w ith. "Luther, don't take out a mess the cat won't eat." 

It fairly "broke my nose” when my sister Harriett Hester was bom. I was past three 





STILL MAKING BEAUTIFUL sunsets today ; these are the rolling hills 
farmed by Luther L. Evers and his father James A.L. Evers. Luther built his farm 
house in the trees on the lower left. He was born 1883 in his father’s log cabin, 
which would have been located about a mile to the northwest (right) on the other 
side of the hill. The Ohio River is half a mile away to the left, which is south 
Luther’s oldest son, James Paul Evers, farmed the land during the Great Depres- 
sion in the 1930s. Luther’s Grandfather John A Evers built his cabin before the 
Civil War in the mid-1850s, less than four miles from here to the west of Karnak 


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years old, and nobody in the house had ever been petted but me, so far as I was able to 
remember. I thought Harriett cried more than a baby ought to, and as our beds were only 
six feet apart, the crying bothered me. So, one day. I said to Mother, ‘Ma. I wish you would 
throw her to the hogs.’' Ma turned toward me and said. '‘Why Luther, what made you think 
of such a thing?” I said. ‘'Well, Ma, she be's trouble.” 

My Mother’s sister was County Superintendent of Schools of Pulaski County for 24 
years. When she came up to the east end of Pulaski County to visit Round Pond of Swan 
Lake schools, she would drive on up to our house to stay all night with Mother. She drove 
a big black mare to a new buggy. She, herself, was one of the finest looking women I ever 
saw. I believe she was every bit of six feet tall and weighed three hundred pounds, yet she 
w'as well proportioned. Her beautiful complexion and snow w'hite hair and her courteous 
disposition and manners made me want to be a county superintendent. It w'as she who 
gave me the ambition to be a superintendent. At that time, I had no idea of what a county 
superintendent was. but she was the one who gave me the incentive. 

My father’s farm lay in the southwest comer of Union School District, in Township 
14-3. It was about two miles and a half from our house to the schoolhouse. nearly all the 
way through the woods. For that reason or some other not known to me. I did not start 
school till in the fall after I w as seven years old in July. Fred R. Young was my first teacher. 
He was only 19 years old at the time. We had about 75 scholars on roll and about a dozen 
pupils were as old as he was. Among the older ones were Alfred Moorhead, Alvin Smith, 
Robert McGhee, Ed Parker, Will Mangum and his sisters Anna and Ella, Alice Wade. 

The enrollment was so large and there was so much needed to be done, that the teacher 
had but little time to spend with the Primary pupils. From the little I learned in going to 
Union School, I suppose I did not do anything except chew' the corners of my book and wipe 
my nose on my coat sleeve. That sounds bad for an eight-year old pupil. Nevertheless, 
it is the truth. When I was nine years old, my father sold that farm and bought one over 
in section six in Township 15-3. I started to school then at Gilliam. That was quite a 
different school. They had two teachers. Miss Mae Slimpert who afterwards manned Capt. 
Ed Cowling, taught the Principal room and her sister Lucy taught the Primary room. 1 
thought that they were tw'o of the most refined women I ever saw outside of my own family. 
My habit of wasting time clung to me for a couple of years or so, because I chewed the 
comers off of two more readers and never got a head mark in my spelling class during those 
two years. 

Finally, a teacher by the name of Robert Alexander, who later became County 
Superintendent of Schools, was employed to teach Gilliam. This good man, somehow', 


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woke me up. He gave me a desire to read and I read. read. read. I finished my Primer. 
First and Second Readers during his one term, and at the close of school, he gave me 
a Normal Third Reader as a present for earning my swift promotions. Other teachers 
who taught Gilliam School while I was there were Becky Pryor, Calton Garrett. George 
Schneeman. Clara Wells, and John Weaver- to all of whom I own an everlasting debt of 
gratitude. I graduated from the eighth grade when I was seventeen years old. That was 
during the term of Mr. Joshua Reynolds as County Superintendent of Schools. There was 
no Commencement Exercises in those days. Mr. Reynolds brought the diplomas to the 
pupils who were to receive them in the west end of the county to the home of Mr. John 
David, near Maple Grove School house. 1 rode one of our mules up to Mr. David's house 
to get my diploma. The next schooling I received was in Mound City High School, during 
the time that Paul Sabin was City Superintendent of School and Miss Mary Robertson was 
one of the principal teachers. 

At the beginning of the term of school in Gilliam, my father suggested to me that I 
go to school another term to review my 7 th and 8 th grade work. I followed his suggestion 
and started in. I only went 3 days. I was in the 7 th year class with the pupils who had 
been promoted from the 6 ,h year class; having gone from the Intermediate books to the 
Advanced books, they were timid. Having a new man teacher added to their timidity. The 
first day that I was at that school, I raised my hand to recite on every question the teacher 
asked. The remainder of the class answered about one-fourth the questions. The third day 
of school I answ ered all the questions that the teacher asked during recitation. The teacher 
was not a skilled questioner, and the class recitation period drifted from a recitation period 
to a conversation period between me and the teacher. 1. Myself, saw that my attendance at 
school w ould be damaging to the other pupils of my class. When my sister Harriett Hester 
got home from school that night, she told my Mother that she and the other pupils in our 
class were going to have any easy time of it that year because. "Luther answered all the 
questions for us today.” That made me believe stronger than ever that 1 should not go to 
school at Gilliam that year. Father consented to my staying home. We had a big field of 
com to be cut into shock fodder, so that the ground where it had grown could be sown w ith 
wheat. So on the fourth day of the term of school I cut shock fodder instead of going to 
school, but that does not mean anything to anyone who has never cut and shock com. For 
those only who have cut and shocked corn and have had the fuzz oil (lie blades to get up 
their noses, in their eyes and mouth and down their back, with sharp blades sawing across 
their necks, can know what that means. 

I was working in this cornfield when my Father came to me and told me that Pres. 


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McKinley had been assassinated by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. My Father was a 
very strong Republican and one of his remarks made about the assassination was, “Luther, 
this is the third Republican President to be assassinated.” 

I cannot tell how she did it, but my mother had saved $35.00. (Most of it, probably, 
from the trivial sum which she received from her Father's estate.) In those days, money 
was scarce and a little of it went a long way, but my loving Mother told me one evening 
that she wanted to go to high school and try to make something out of herself. She told me 
of her savings and that she would buy me a new suit of clothes and high school books, and 
then I could work for my room and board. I told her that if she had that much confidence 
in me, that 1 would certainly, do my best working for room and board. Mother wrote to her 
sister at Mound City, Hostor M Smith, who was County Superintendent of Schools, to see 
if I might have room and board with her or with someone else whom she might find. Aunt 
Hester's family, at that time, consisted of herself; her son-in-law. Porter Nosbitt; and his 
two children-Margaret, 5 years old; and son Hugh, 3 years old. (Cousin Ethel Smith Nesbitt 
having died.) There was also a colored girl named Kelley, who was cook and housekeeper 
but stayed in her own home at night. Aunt Hester wrote a letter to Mother saying to bring 
me down there and put me in school. Father put my old trunk in the farm wagon, and took 
me to Grand Chain. That was the nearest railroad station. I took the train to Mound City, 
14 miles distance. That was my first train ride; my ticket cost me 42 cents. 

At that time I had never been away from home except just to stay all night with some 
of my kinfolks or neighbors, therefore, I did not know what homesickness meant. To all 
those who have never been homesick let me say that you have never been real sick until 
you have been homesick. 

High School had been going on for some time when 1 enrolled. Therefore, I would 
be way behind the other members of the class. At the end of the first quarter, all the high 
school students were required to take an examination. There were 18 members of my class, 
and after our examination papers were graded, Miss Robertson handed out the report cards. 
Katie McNeal ranked one and took her place at the head of the class. Someone else, second, 
and so on down to 18. Number 18 was Luther L. Evers. As I was the only country boy in 
that high school, I had been “sniggered” at ever since the day I enrolled. That was very 
embarrassment was changed to chagrin. I was teased by the girls and ridiculed by the boys 
in the classroom, corridors, on the playground and on the streets. I was like the strange 
shoat turned in the pasture with a drove of hogs. Every body seemed to have a license to 
pick on me. The more 1 took, the worse it got, until finally one day 1 gave Fred Hutchison a 
good thrashing a least it was good from my point of view, for he yelled to some of the other 


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boys "to make him quit.' And to me he said. "Let me up. I'll not bother you an\ more." 
1 was afraid they would expel me from sehool for misconduct, but Prof. Sabin came over 
and talked to Aunt Hester about it and she said he told that he was w atching the whole thing 
from an upstairs window of the high school and that Hutchinson got just w hat he needed. 
But he hoped that Luther wouldn't fight any more. Aunt Hester cautioned me not to fight 
again. From that time on. I had no more trouble with the boys. The student's jibes at the 
grades I made in the first examination caused me to resolve that 1 would rank higher in the 
class next time. At the end of the second examination. Miss Robertson lined us up along 
the wall in the same order that we had stood in the first examination. First in line w as Katie 
McNeal. Katie also made first place in the second examination. Miss Robertson called. 
"Rank Two, Luther Evers." My how I did strut as I w alked from the foot of the class to 
second place. That w as the middle of the tenn of school. From that time on I received no 
more jibes of sniggers from the other pupils. The other students treated me as if I were one 
of the family. That was evidenced by the fact that they elected me President of the Zetetic 
Society for the last half of that school year. The high school principal came to me and told 
me I had done well and w as so much older than the av erage member of the class, that he felt 
like that if I tried real hard, I could do 9 th and 10 th grade work that year. I told Aunt Hester 



Ethel Bay less and Luther Evers married on Sept. 6, 1905 


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that I would do my best. Our high school principal insisted that the students do home work 
and keep a record of the time spent in study at home. In keeping a record of the time spent 
in studying at home, T found lots of days that I spent more time in studying at home then I 
did in recitations and studying at school. 1 found that I could save time enough to do a lot 
of studying by doing my chores properly instead of dilly-dallying along as I discovered ! 
had been doing. Instead of playing at the school house with the other boys, I went straight 
to Aunt Hester's home, burst up the lumps of coal so that they would go into the stove, cut 
the kindling and building fires the next morning. 

Aunt Hester, at that time, lived in a narrow, but two-story, dwelling. The front part 
of the building on the first floor was used for a grocery store. The next room behind the 
store was used for a parlor. The next room behind it was used for a dining room, and 
behind the dining room were two small rooms. One of them was my room, in which I 
slept and studied; the other room beside of mine was used for the kitchen. The front room 
upstairs was used for sitting room and the two rooms back of the sitting room were used 
as bedrooms for Aunt Hester, the two grandchildren and Nesbitt. My regular job each 
morning started by building a fire in the cook stove for the colored girl. Next. I built the 
fire in the dining room, next was to build a fire in the parlor. From there, [it was on] to the 
sitting room upstairs. As a part of the fire building process I had to get the ashes off the 
front of the stove and off the floor clean— I mean CLEAN. That was my first experience in 
trying to keep a house tidy. Aunt Hester made me feel that it would be a disgrace for any 
of her friends to come to the house and see it in a messed condition. After I built all the 
fires required in the dwelling house, I had to go across the street a little more than a block 
away and build the fire in the Gent's Clothing Store, which Aunt Hester owned, but which 
was operated by her son-in-law. Porter Nesbitt. There again 1 found that it is necessary to 
have everything absolutely clean, else there would be no sales. After filling the stoves with 
fresh fuel and getting a scuttle full for each stove. 1 ate my breakfast and went to school, or 
if I had time, I studied my lessons at home. When the school year closed, I had credits for 
two years work. Father and Mother always insisted that I go to Church and Sunday school. 
1 did this all the time I was in high school. There was a Y.M.C.A. chapter in Mound City 
whish met on Sunday afternoons. I joined it and have always felt that the training received 
from it did me a lot of good. One thing that I remember is that in the Y.M.C.A. meeting I 
tried for my first time to pray in public. I do not remember anything I said, but I felt like 
I was following in my Father's footsteps, because I cannot remember when my Father did 
not pray in public. 

While 1 was in school in Mound City, there were a lot of boats being rebuild and 


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repaired on the navy yard there at Mound City. A lot of the ship carpenters were Catholics. 
Some of my wannest friends in high school were Catholics. One of my classmates, a 
boy named Florence Sullivan, invited me to attend his Church one Sunday. I accepted 
the invitation and went with him, more out of curiosity than the desire to worship, which 
of course, should not have been the case. Just inside the Church doors was a laver with 
water in it into which all the attendants of the Church dipped their fingers as they passed 
by. The Church was seated with comfortable pews. In the passageway between even' two 
pews, they had a little bench about 6 inches high and 4 or 5 inches wide, with a fine padded 



WITH BOTH Luther and Ethel holding babies on the left, this photo was 
probably made with the Bay less family in 1908, the year that James Paul Evers 
was born , and his twin sister Pauline only lived for five months. Their first child, 
Evelyn, was born 16 moths earlier. You can see shoes on the child Luther is 
holding, so most likely that is Evelyn, and Ethel is probably holding Paul. Also 
pictured on the far right are Ethel’s parents, Nancy and James Bayless. Other 
Baylesses pictured are seated Mark and Harley, middle row of children Grace, 
(Arnold’s two children) Essie and Roll, Lucy, back row beside Ethel are Arnold, 
Ettie Peck, Nora, Anna, Rollie, and Oma. 


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leather cushion on it whereon the people knelt during certain portions of the services. 

One thing that amazed me was the reverent attitude the people took soon as they were 
inside the Church doors and continued to bear so long as they were in Church. At one point 
during the service, there was a responsive reading between the Priest and the Congregation. 
It was a portion of the Psalms. The Priest's part was printed in Latin but the congregation's 
part was in English. The first service I attended at the Catholic Church I never understood a 
word the Priest said during the whole service. The second time I attended the service. I did 
not understand anything he said until the close of the service when he gave the membership 
a good raking because they were not paying their pew rent. That was in pure English. The 
third visit I made to the Catholic Church, the Priest preached a Temperance Sermon-about 
as good a one as I ever heard. Among other things, he said to the drinking part of his 
congregation, "It is no wonder that the Protestants of Mound City point a finger of scorn 
at me as I pass up and down the streets, because they see you come stumbling out of the 
saloon and call me Father as I pass you.’’ 

While I was at Mound City school, I kept account of every cent I spent because 1 
knew it was such a sacrifice that the family made for me. I wanted to show them that I 
had not spent any of their savings foolishly. When I came home at the end of the term of 
school, I was so glad to see everything and everybody that I suppose I appeared unnatural, 
which I assure you I did not mean to do. I suppose that my over-friendly actions can 
only be accounted for as the sudden cure of my homesickness. I was not only glad to see 
the members of the family, but was glad even to see the chickens, cows and horses, and 
especially the neighbors. On Sunday I went to Sunday school. Before Sunday school 
began, there were some men and boys standing around the door outside. 1 was so glad to 
see them that 1 rushed up to each one and shook hands as friendly as I knew how- a thing 
that I had never done before in my life. That bunch of men had never been anywhere 
long enough to be homesick and could not understand my sudden burst of friendship and 
sociability. One in the crowd said to the others, “My, look at that fried shirt he's got on." 
Another one said, "Yes, but look how educated he looks.'' Both remarks were an attempt to 
make fun of me. My blood boiled but I bit my lips and said nothing. That has been nearly 
40 years ago, but none of those who poked fun at me for attending high school has ever 
amounted to a row of pins. At the time I was attending high school, there was not another 
high school pupil in Massac County living west of the McCartney family. I am glad that I 
had a part in establishing enough high schools in the County to accommodate every boy 
and girl who wished to have a high school education. 

The financial condition of our family prevented me from attending school for the term 


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beginning September 1901. I obtained a second-grade certificate b\ examination under 
County Superintendent Reynolds. That made me think that I knew enough to teach school, 
but I now see how badly mistaken 1 was at the time. 

The Main Brothers brought their box and Lumber business from Indiana, and set up 
business on the north side of Cache Creek, in the woods in the edge of Johnson County. 
They were picking up laborers from the farms nearby. They were paying the men $1.25 
per day. My brother. James Oliver Evers, who then lived on the south side of Cache Creek 
bottoms, was working for the Main Brothers every day that he had the spare time. Jim 
told me about his working for Main Brothers, so I went to see them. They took my name 
and told me they would let me know later. During the days I waited to hear from them. I 
worked for my brother doing general farm labor to pay for my board and room. My sister- 
in-law. Lucy, charged me the exorbitant price of $2.50 per week. 

I earned my first dollar helping a neighbor in the com shredding. It was my job to 
put shock fodder on the wagon. The north side of the shocks was covered w ith snow. I 
worked from early in the morning until dark, and was eating supper by lamp-light when 
Mr. Bartleson came and laid a silver dollar on the table beside my plate. Thinking it was a 
half-dollar, I picked it up, looked at it, and saw it was a dollar. I then said to Mr. Bartleson. 
“Mr. Bartleson, 1 have no change.'’ He said to me, “You don't need any change. You have 
earned that dollar.” I was so overjoyed that I ran the dollar into my pocket in a hurry. 

The Main Brothers business grew rapidly and during the fore part of that w inter, they 
put me on the payroll. They ran veneer mills. The veneer was used to make fruit baskets, 
berry boxes, etc. For the veneer machines to operate properly, it was necessary for the bark 
to be removed from the blocks of which the veneer was made of. It was my job to help 
remove the bark from these stewed blocks, which had been heated in vats of hot water. 
The lids of the vats were made on the level with big black walks, which surrounded them. 
The water in the vats was heated by an exhaust pipe from an engine inside the mill. The 
vats were numbered 1, 2, 3, 4. Number 1 was boiling hot. The lid to it w'as made of oak 
about 6x8 feet. It had been scooted aside in order to remove the blocks of wood which it 
contained. The weather was bitter cold and the steam from the boiling vats was so thick 
that nothing could be seen near by. There were no guardrails around the vats and one of the 
workmen Ferdinard Altenburg, thinking the cover had been replaced, started to w alk across 
the vat and stepped off into the scalding water. Howard Starks and I pulled Ferdinard out 
of the water and removed his scalding clothes. Everywhere the clothes touched his body, 
the skin slipped off. We wrapped him in overcoats and carried him into the office. That 
was about nine o’clock in the morning, and by the middle of the afternoon he was dead. 


The eight or ten men who worked on and around the vat had never thought of needing 
guardrails until Altenburg’s death. A committee was appointed to see Mr. Main and have 
him put guardrails around all the vats. George Main was in charge of the machinery and 
agreed to do so promptly. He told me to go back and tell the boys to go back to work and 
that a guard rail would be put around the vats just as soon as he could have it done. We told 
him, ‘‘No. put the guard rail up and we will go back to our job.” He said, "All right, we will 
shut down the mill for the day and fix those guard rails.” That was the only instance in my 
life that I took part as a striker. 1 thought then and I think now that we were justified in our 
action. Just one more incident, which happened while I was working for Main Brothers. 

One afternoon when the mill was shut down, there was a bunch of men at Bob Pope's 
store. Bob ordered a lot of candy, which had been delivered in large wooden candy buckets 
with circular tops. Idleness always begets mischief. Twenty-two of us proceeded to carry 
out the old saying. The storekeeper had just bought on some green colored woolen shirts, 
which he was selling for $2.25 apiece. We men were all looking at the shirts with covetous 
eyes, when one of the men suggested. ‘‘Boys. lets all go in 10 cents apiece on one of these 
shirts and raffle it off.” As the price was only 10 cents each, the numbers were soon all 
sold. A candy bucket lid was divided into 25 different sections. They nailed it to a tree. 
One of the men gave the lid a twirl, while each one of us who were in on the deal took a 
shot at it, to see if we could hit our ow n number. The man w hose segment was next to mine 
was the lucky one and received the shirt. Somebody proposed that we all try it again. As it 
was a beautiful shirt and thinking how comfortable it would be on cold days and since my 
number came so nearly getting the first one, I soon consented to go in a dime on another 
shirt. The other members of the crown were as big a fools as I. and soon segments were all 
sold again. Twirl went the wheel. Bang went the target. The man who received the first 
shirt was lucky again and received the second shirt. That broke me from taking any games 
of chance. During the more than 35 years that have passed since then, I have reflected 
many times of the influence of games of chance. Losing the first two games I ever tried 
broke me from gambling (the two shirts), and it makes me shudder to think what might 
have happened had I won the two games. 

My first school was taught at Post Creek in Pulaski County . I had a certificate earned by 
examination in Massac County, but the County Superintendent of Pulaski County required 
me to take an examination there before letting me commence my school. The county 
superintendent at the time was my Mother’s sister, Hester M. Smith. After my papers were 
graded, when she handed me my certificate, she said to me, “Well, Luther, you did not get 
this certificate exactly like I got mine.” 1 said to her, “I know how I got this certificate and 


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would like to know how you got your first certificate since you brought up the question. " 
She said. “Well, it has been a good many years. I remember very distinctly how it came 
about. My husband had died leaving me with two children. I looked around to see what 
sort of employment I could find to make myself a living and decided that 1 w ould teach 
school. 1 got on my horse and w ent to see the County Superintendent. I had never seen him 
and of course he did not know me. When I got into his neighborhood, one of his neighbors 
showed me w here he lived. I started to his house but met him leaving home on horseback. 
We met in the lane between his house and the main road. I had no letter of introduction. I 
said to him, this is Hester McGee Smith, w idow of Lew is Smith, and a daughter of Judge 
Hugh McGee. I want to teach school and have come to see you about my certificate. He 
looked at me and said. well. I can examine you here as well as at the county seat. So let us 
proceed with the examination. 

“What is the longest river in 
the world?” the Superintendent 
asked me. The question took 
me by surprise and in my 
humiliation I replied, well. Til 
be honest and confess that I 
do not know. Smiling, he said 
to me. well. 1 don't either; 1 11 
send your certificate in the 
mail next week. 

I received my certificate 
thankfully, and proceeded to 
make the same mistake that 
a lot of other young teachers 
make. That is, that I applied 
for a number of different 
schools. That year Lonnie 
Miller. I lenry Peck, and Martin 
Payne were on the school 
board at Post Creek. They met 
at the schoolhouse to consider 
applications. 1 met them there 
with my application placed at 




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Judge Hugh McGee was Luther's grandfather. 



$30.00 a month. From the time we got together at the schoolhouse, about 1:30, they tried 
to Jew me dowm to $27.50. 1 stoutly refused. Mr. Miller would tell two or three more jokes 
and Mr. Peck and Mr. Payne would try Jew'ing me again. I refused to be Jewed, then Mr. 
Miller would tell more jokes. Then we would talk about the weather, the crops, church. 
Sunday school, but always came back to the $27.50. Finally, it was getting about time for 
the fanners to feed and milk and Mr. Miller said to Mr. Peck and Mr. Payne that as I was 
determined to hold out for $30.00, he believed that I could control the children. Fie then 
made a motion to hire me at $30.00. 

I began my school the first Monday on October. I had 22 enrolled that year. I had made 
extensive preparation for the first day of school. 1 had carefully laid out what I intended to 
get done, but alas, I had left out the point of what time to quit. Just before I dismissed the 
children, I was hearing a recitation and happened to look up at the children and saw that 
every one of them was looking out of the w indow very anxiously. I looked out the window' 
myself and saw the sun was nearly down. I sent the class to their seats and dismissed the 
school immediately. One of the older boys. Alvin Peck, yelled back at me as he left the 
playground, and said. -i Oh, Mr. Evers, I'm going to bring a lantern to school with me in the 
morning.’' That was a scolding for me that I justly deserved, but from that day to this it has 
been a reminder to me to stop schools and everything else at the proper time. 

My pupils that year were: Alvin Peck, Lydia Peck, Ona Peck. Larry Miller, Fred Miller, 
Majorie Payne, Willie Payne, Lelia Womack, Vera Womack, Mark Bolen. Earnest Bolen, 
Alma Shelton, Dora Wood. Ollie Douglas, and a few others whose names l cannot recall. 

During the winter that I taught Post Creek School, I boarded with my sister, Cynthia 
Lippert. Her husband, Gus Lippert, was a good provider, and Cynthia w as one of the best 
cooks I ever saw. She set a sumptuous table at which one ate from Monday till Friday. 
From Friday until Monday I went home to my Father’s about 4 miles away. As fine as the 
board was, Cynthia and Gus refused to charge me anything for it. It was only about one- 
half mile from the schoolhouse. Taking every thing into consideration. I could find no more 
ideal place to stay. 

Reflecting on my first term of school, it comes to over and over what a failure I made 
in some ways. Most of the patrons seemed to be satisfied though, because at the end of 
the term the directors offered me the school again. I had saved all I could from the wages 
throughout the w inter, and when the spring term of school at Carbondale began, I enrolled 
as a student. I liked my instructors. Troy Felts, Miss Martha Buck, George W. Smith, F.FI. 
Collier, and Samuel Harwood. While in the Nonnal School. I continued my activities in 
the Y.M.C.A. In this connection I met many Y.M.C.A workers. On the third Wednesday 


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in May, a young Y.M.C.A worker from Chicago addressed our chapter. We had never 
seen each other before, but it seemed to me that every word he said during his sermon was 
directed to me. It was while I was in the Y.M.C.A. hall that I determined within myself 
that I would forever be a Christian, yet I never made a public confession of it until I got 
home and told Jake Hiller, the son of the lady with whom I boarded. Jake Hiller was the 
oldest son in a family of six children. He took an active part in the Church and saw to it 
that his brothers and sisters attended religious worship. That made easy the beginning of 
my Christian life. 

It was while I was in school at Carbondale that I received the only letter from my 
father, which he ever wrote to me. He always depended on Mother to do the writing. The 
school election had not been held until after I had started to school in Carbondale. therefore 
I had not been hired for the coming year when I left home. I asked my Father to see that 
I got a school. I had applied for Lower Union School at $35.00 a month before I left for 
Carbondale. After the school election was over, the school board told Father that if I would 
six months term for $200.00 that they would employ me. Pa told them I would take the 
school. He wrote to me about the transaction and, among other things, he said. "Luther. I 
learned a long time ago that if a person could not get what they wanted, they he had better 
take w hat he could get. A half of loaf is better than no bread at all.” 

I disliked the idea of coming down from $35.00 to $33.33. but I thought that Father's 
advice was sound and wrote to him thanking him for getting the school for me even though 
they Jewed Pa down $1 .33 a month. 

In the celebration of the Centennial of the Louisiana Purchase, some smart businessmen 
organized a world’s fair. It was intended that the fair should be held in 1903. but it was a 
greater task than they had anticipated so it was not held until 1904; nevertheless, they put 
on a week of celebration as a sort of dedication. President Theodore Roosevelt came to St. 
Louis to lend his influence to the dignity of the occasion. As 1 had never seen a large city 
nor a President of the U.S.A., I decided to go to St. Louis and see both. It had been lovely 
spring weather. I had bought a new white flannel suit and a straw sailor hat and took the 
train for St. Louis. While riding on the train that afternoon, I noticed that it was getting 
cloudy. The train got into St. Louis considerably after dark. When I walked out of the 
depot on 18 ,h Street and looked up to see the clouds, snow hit me in the face. It melted as 
fast as it fell, but was entirely too cold for my spring outfit. I realized then why it was that 
you never catch a drummer or a salesman without his overcoat. I could not find a place 
to sleep in any of the hotels, so I went back to the depot and sat up all night. The next 
morning there was no snow on the ground, but the wind whistled from the north through 


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my summer clothes and made me feel like it was zero weather. With his usual punctuality, 
the President headed the procession. He rode in a fine open-topped carriage drawn by two 
big black horses. He wore a high topped silk hat about half the time; the other half of the 
time he held the hat in his hand, bowing to the people in the line of march. Sometimes he 
would stand up and bow. He appeared to me then to be a great man. That has been nearly 
40 years ago, but I still think that Theodore Roosevelt was a great man. The trip to St. 
Louis had cost me more than I supposed it would. In fact, about twice what I expected. 
And before school closed I was rather short of funds, so I sold my guitar to Mrs. Hiller for 
enough to pay my way to Grand Chain and had a dollar and a half left. Thumbing one’s 
way had never been thought of in those days, but I “caught a ride” on a farm wagon, which 
was coming toward home and rode 4 of the 8 miles, which I otherwise would have had 
to walk. As I was riding in the wagon, I thought about it being prayer meeting night at 
Salem Church. I had not seen my sweetheart for three months, and I knew she would go 
to prayer meeting. So when the farm wagon had come within two miles of her home. I left 
the wagon and walked over to Mr. Bayless’s home and got there just at supper time. Ethel 
said she supposed I was too tired to go to Church, but I said that I was used to walking and 
would go. After supper, she and I her two sisters walked to Church two miles away, walked 
from Church back to her home, then I walked the three miles from her home to mine, and 
got there about 1 1 o’clock. I thought I would slip into my bedroom without being heard 
because the folks were not expecting me, but there was no use trying. Soon as I took my 
first step on the porch, my Mother said, “Luther, it that you?” In a half a minute she was out 
on the porch and had her arms around my neck. I told Ma that just as soon as I could see Pa, 
sister Harriett, and brother Hubert, 1 had a surprise for her. She thought I wanted to to tell 
her about my engagement to Ethel, but I told her that was not what I wanted to talk about. 
That had occurred so many months before that is wasn’t any news. Mother was such a good 
Christian that she wanted everyone else to be. When I told her that the preacher was at 
prayer that night and took me into the Church because I had been converted at Carbondale, 
she was surprised and also overjoyed. She hugged me up close to her, kissed me three or 
four times, and said, “That’s just what I’ve been praying for.” 

Early in the fall of 1903. 1 began my thirty-three and one third dollar a month school. 
I don’t remember just what the enrollment was but I had about 70 pupils. Some of them 
were; Wilburn Smith, Nat Smith, Josie Wood, Harry Wood, Ray Wood, Dora Wood. Earl 
Wood, Hazel Wood, Cretia Wood, Estis Wood. Bert Clayton, Hettie Clayton, Ruth Clayton. 
Ruth Starks, Pearl Starks, Alma Starks, Birdie Moorhead, Ralph Hawkins, Ora Anderson, 
Emile Johnson, Willie Johnson, Fred Johnson, Edgar Harris, Jack Harris, Gracie Harris, 


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Eldie Alexander, Dick Ferguson. Joe Ferguson. Adlie Ferguson. Callie Ferguson. Lizzie 
Miller. Lloyd Miller. Taylor Miller, Lillie Frazell. Ida Walter, Emma Llalstenberg. Lula 
Halstenberg. Lana Halstensberg, Monroe Osbone. Essie Osbone. Rieka Osbone, Amie 
Osbone. Johnnie McGee, Press McGee, Robert McGee, Jack Larrison. Alvin Parker. Nellie 
Parker, Josh McNana, Maude Eller, Ethel Sexton. Bertha Sexton, Oma Sexton. Wilburn 
Trumbo, Lillie Trumbo. Oscar Trumbo. Mabel Trumbo. Ruth Trumbo, and a few others 
whose names I cannot now recall. 

1 supposed I gave fairly good satisfaction during the term because the directors offered 
me $40.00 a month the next spring. The directors at Post Creek offered me $40.00 also, 
and as Post Creek had fewer pupils than Union. I took the Post Creek for my third term of 
school. 

One evening about dark, the sehoolhouse caught fire between the ceiling and the roof 
and was completely destroyed. Nearly all the furniture w'as saved, and Rollie Douglas 
let the directors move the furniture into one of his dwelling house rooms, where I taught 
for about six weeks until the school was closed. My fourth term of school was taught 
at Union. I received $40.00 a month that term. I needed every cent of it because on the 
5 th day of November 1905, I was married to Mary Ethel Bay less. We were married on 
Sunday noon at her Father's home in the East edge of Pulaski County. Illinois. Father and 
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of the nearest neighbors. They sat the biggest dinner for all that I had ever seen. The 
folks thought they had a good joke on me because just before l finished my dinner, being 
surrounded by everything good to eat, 1 called for the sorghum molasses. Ethel and I were 
married by Rev. Lewis lines. We used the single ring ceremony. The minister was a young 
man and we were the first couple he had ever married. He had learned the ceremony so 
that he would not have to read it, but he was so agitated that he trembled like a leaf from 
his head to his feet. Ethel and I were about the most composed people at the wedding. It 
was a great day for Ethel and me, even though her Father and Mother and my Father and 
Mother cried. At that time I couldn't understand why our parents cried, but since some 
of my children have married, I can understand why. We received many congratulations 
and good wishes and much good advice as those present: passed by us shaking hands. Out 
of all of them I remember what two said to me as they clasped my hand. Ethel's Father 
said, “Try to manage so that both of you will not get mad at the same time.” My Father 
said, “Children, you can make your own sunshine.” After 35 years of married life, I can 
appreciate the comments of our Fathers. 

We stayed at Pa BaySess’s until Wednesday after the wedding, and went from there to 
Pa Evers’s where we lived about two weeks, until we could get our own house, which we 
were building, nearly enough completed that we could move into it. Soon as we got moved 
to ourselves, Mr. Bayiess gave Ethel a young cow, white all over, and a young bay horse 
named Dan. Father Bayless's generosity gave me a chance to get started to farming. 

I took no time off from my schooling to get married, as I should have done. I rode my 
horse to school the next day after we were wedded but everything went bad ail day. None 
of the children had their lessons like I thought they ought to. I saw later that it was all my 
fault. 1 was too easily annoyed. Along late in the afternoon, I was hearing the 6 th grade 
geography class recite; it seemed to me that none of the class had their lesson. Finally, I 
said to the class, “If I wasn't in such a hurry to get home, I would keep the last one of you 
here 'til sundown to make von get your lessons.” The pupils in the class and those in the 
back of the room all gave me the "Ha-ha.” At first I was mad, but soon as I realized what 
1 had said, 1 laughed with them and said, “School’s our, let’s all go home.” 

I met with varied success and failure during my teaching career, which began the fall 
of 1902 and ended the fall of 1918 when I was elected County Superintendent of Schools. 
1 taught every year with the exception of the term beginning 1906. 

I taught two terms at Post Creek, three terms at Lower Union, four terms at Maple 
Grove, three terms at Gilliam, one at Humean, one full term at Joppa, and two pieces of 
terms [at Joppa]. 


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While teaching at Maple Grove, I had the following pupils: Aileen David, Mae David, 
Harry David. Pearl David, Ada Hester, Zachary Hester, and two other Hester children. 
Eva Browning. Lula Browning. Harry Snyder, Pearl Snyder, Calron Snyder, Louis Snyder. 
Herman Snyder, Alice Snyder, Beatrice Snyder, Mary Wantland. Norma Wantland. and her 
younger sister, Ruth Breazealle, Edna Breazealle, Kate Parker. Golda Parker. Lottie Parker. 
William May. Clarence May, Edward May, Laura Kennedy, Sarah Ellen Kennedy, Llorence 
Kennedy, Ruben Hester, Brady Sigler. Ora Oliver, Inez Oliver, Bertha Oliver, Bessie Oliver. 
Johnnie Oliver, Lred Wood. Howard Hutson, and his younger brother, Olis Lindsey. Roy 
Wood and sister, Chestine Garrett. Aileene Garrett. Orlando Garrett. Hautie Wantland. Alva 
Sexton. Noah Brenningmeyer. Louis Brenningmeyer. William Brenningmeyer. George 
Campbell, Nora Windhorst, Ruby Skaggs, Letha Skaggs, Odis Skaggs, Lillian Skaggs, a 
Walker girl, and a few others. 

At Gilliam school I had the following persons as students: my brother Hubert, Lred 
Riley, Pearl Riley, Mamie Riley, George Little, John Little, Maudie Little. Etta Penix, James 
Riley, Effie Riley, Earl Riley, and a younger sister and brother, Dwight Barnett. Leslie 
Barnett. Nellie Barnett. Hugh Gray. Blanche Gray, Elsie Gray, Charlie Anderson. David 
Anderson, Lred Anderson, Ora Anderson, Violet Anderson, Ruby Miller, Netha Miller. 
Lufis Miller, Mary Parker, Sammie Parker, Vernon Parker. Fred Bellemy. and his two 
sisters, Lillian Smith, Christie Seilbeck, Louis Seilbeck, Jesse Seilbeck. Lydia Seilbeck. 
Clarence Smith, Orb Borum, Nellie Borum, Oma Parris, Clyde Farris. Hannon Fanis. 
Elmon Farris, Elmon Ramer, Ernest Rainer, Willie House. Carl House. Ray Culver. Arthur 
Douglas, Claude Douglas, Flora Jones, Rannie Jones, Howell Jones, Iva Allen, Lester 
Allen, Alvin Oliver, Guy Oliver, Mabel Oliver, Aileene Oliver, Stella Mathis, Ida Mathis. 
Russell Metcalf and sister, Lois Dusch, Offa Dusch. Wayne Dusch, Ethel Little. Edwin 
Nix, Tracy Culver, Helen Culver, and some others. 

While teaching at Flurrican School, I had 86 pupils on roll. There were 22 in the 
Primary class. That was in 1917 and 191 8. the winter of the big snow. 1 had the following 
list of students on roll: Alma Fahrenkamp. Ethel Fahrenkamp, Letha Fahrenkamp, Olive 
Fahrenkamp, Gilbert Fahrenkamp, Byron Kotter, Donald Kotter, Helen Kotler, I helma 
Kotter, Wayne Kotter. Brady Stewart, Mabel Stewart, Paul Stewart, Emma Stewart. Katie 
Jump, Lizzie Jump, Hannah Jump, Hosea Jump, Myrtle Jump, Opal Kraper, Pearl Kraper, 
Clifford Kraper, Hannah Schmidt, Harry Schmidt, Henry Schmidt. Charlie Parker, Essie 
Parker and her sister, Louis Schmidt, Albert Schmidt, Nora Schmidt, Leonard Wilke. 
Pauline Wilke, Elmer Wilke, Cassandria Bradford, Sam Guthrie, Owen Guthrie. Robert 
Guthrie, Pearl Browning. George Browning, Alvin Johnson, Catherine Johnson, Bob 


Cultts’ daughter, Dan Lacy' son, Mabel Steward and brother, Stella Smith, Ernest Smith, 
and others in numbers sufficient to make the enrollment 86. 

While teaching at Joppa the following named students were in my classes: Herbert 
Willis, Sammy Willis, Morgan Tucker, Howard Tucker. James Harold Javis, Ruth Smith, 
Ruth Todd, Ruth Royer. Maude Pope, Charles Thompson, Elva Walbright, Bill Thompson, 
Walton Bivins, Harry Hurt, Ora Hurt, Luther May, Henry Pope, Clifford Jones, Earl Kern, 
Hazel Howard. Vivian Choate, and enough others to bring the enrollment up to 36. I started 
the Joppa High School the first year 1 taught there. We began with 3 pupils in the freshman 
class. The class consisted of Herbert Willis, Jr.. Morgan Tucker, and James Hal Davis. 
There were people in Joppa who made light of starting a high school there, nevertheless, 
the three boys just named received credits in four-year high schools for the first year high 
school work they did at Joppa. Herbert Willis Jr., made a dentist, and Morgan Tucker a 
physician, and James Hal Davis, a farmer. Since then the Joppa High School has been 
put in good standing and has an enrollment of 132 pupils. I took a very active part in the 
organizing of the Joppa Community High School district. 1 did so for two reasons. First, 
because all my land, stock and machinery were within the territory. Second, because I had 
made a resolution when I was having such a hard time getting my high school education, 
that if the time ever came when 1 could be of use in helping boys and girls of Massac County 
to get a high school education for themselves, that I would do so. We were defeated in the 
attempt to establish a Community' High School by the decision of the Circuit Court. The 
court ruled that too much territory had been included within its boundaries and ordered 
its dissolution on account of “inaccessible territory." A year or so later another petition 
was circulated to establish a high school district leaving out the “inaccessible territory." 
The voters within the high school district gave the proposition a majority. As soon as the 
election was over, the enemies of the high school district took the second election into the 
Circuit Court. The Court in that case decided that the “boundary line was indefinite.” So 
ended the second attempt for establish a Joppa Community High School district. Friends of 
the high school were not discouraged, but were angry and determined. No time was lost by 
the friends of the school in petitioning for another election for establishing the district. The 
election carried by a substantial majority. This time the attorneys declared the organization 
to be faultless. Thus was bom Joppa High School district. 

Elsewhere is this sketch you remember 1 told you that I was determined to become 
County Superintendent of Schools. In the early part of 1914, I concluded that my 
opportunity had come. I decided to enter the Republican Primary for the nomination. The 
Primary at that time was held in September. I put in the whole summer driving my horse 


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and buggy over the dusty roads of the County. My opponents in the Primary w ere Mr. W. 
A. Spence, the incumbent; the Baptist minister, publisher of a newspaper, who had served 
12 years; and Miss Emma Brainard. a grade school teacher who had taught about 30 years 
in Metropolis. It was in this campaign that I found out a whole lot of information relative 
to conduct of voters and candidates. 

When a man is a candidate, he will find that 
a lot of people are for him that he did not expect. 

And the candidate will be more surprised to find 
a lot of people against him whom he thought 
would be strongly for him. There will be some 
that the candidate will think that he can surely 
depend upon, but they will be stabbing him in 
the back at ever) opportunity. 

A fine example of double-crossing was put 
up on me by Mr. Will V.R. One hot day in August, we met on a public road near Little 
Rock School house he was driving a fine span of Bay horses to his buggy 1 was driving 
my big black coach horse to my buggy. When we saw who each other was. we drew 
up the lines and came to a stop. We reached over and shook hands. Mr. R. had told me 
over and over how much he had been helping me when he had the chance. I came to the 
conclusion that he was one of my most devoted friends and trusted him implicitly. As vve 
shook hands. I said to him. "Well. Mr. R, you are selling insurance all over the county and 
have a lot of opportunities to meet people. How am I getting along being a candidate for 
County Superintendent?” He replied, "Oh, just fine. I think you will get every precinct in 
the county. There's not a cloud on the horizon.” We chatted awhile and when we got read) 
to leave, Mr. R. said to me, "Now Luther, if there is nay thing I can say or do for you at 
any time, all you have to do is just to let me know.” 1 knew only a few people in Jackson 
precinct. It was my business to make as many friends as possible. I never let anybody pass 
without stopping and telling them who I was and how badly I wanted to be superintendent, 
no matter whether he was white, black, or any other color. Accordingly. 1, after leaving 
my “friend,” saw a colored man plowing in a field, stopped my horse, crawled through the 
fence and went out into the field to talk to him. After laying the case before him as strongly 
as I could, he said to me, "Well, suh, Mr. Evers, I been bearin' a lot about youh. I most 
had my mind up before you all. But Mr. R. was her 'bout a half an hour ago seein' me lor 
Missie Brainard.” I couldn't hardly believe my ears. My heart sank within me. 1 wondered 
how many men in the county would do what Mr. R. had done. It was a severe jolt to me. 



but it put me on my guard. I listened as well as talked. 

On Saturday night following the incident I just mentioned, 1 got where a crowd was 
standing on the sidewalk near Arthur Van Hooser’s Drug Store. They were discussing 
candidates and spending their opinions as to the winners. Some were betting on Spence, 
some on Miss Brainard and some on Evers. In that particular crowd I seemed to be holding 
my own. That gave me encouragement. I saw Mr. R. approaching. I wanted to find out 
what he was up to. so I dodged into a doorway where he would not be likely to notice 


me. Just as he was about 20 feet from me, I 
law of Miss Brainards. 1 wanted to know 
for certainly what those two were talking 
about, so I walked up behind Mr. R. and 
heard him tell Mr. Miller, '‘Henry. I was 
up in Jackson precinct this morning doing 
some things for Miss Emma, you must get 
$20.00 or more up there for her.” Just then 
I let my presence be known by passing 
the two and said, ‘‘Hello, gentlemen, how 
are you both?” Mr. Miller spoke to me 
sheepishly and Mr. R. said as he put out 
his hand to shake hands withg me, “Why, 
hello, Luther, how are you getting along, 
etc.” I always hate to lose a friend but when 
I have an enemy, I want to find it out as 
soon as possible. I was now in the game of 
politics and lost the 1914 election. I carried 
Hillerman, Logan, Wahington, Benton, and 
Jackson precincts. It was a close race. I 
had carried more precincts than any other 
candidate but sill lost the election. After 
getting the election returns, I drove home 
from Metropolis, my mind in a whirl and 
sorely disappointed and downhearted. I was 
afraid that Ethel would be too disappointed 
to talk about the election and would feel 
that her life had been ruined. I laid the case 


saw him contact Henry Miller, a brother-in- 



Nellie Trovillion and Luther Evers 
married on Oct. 7, 1923. 


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before her as plainly as I could, but there was not a creep out of her nor a tear in her eyes, 
but she asked me if I wouldn’t be in a better position in the race for 1918. I began to think 
then that she was more of a politician than I was. 

At that time there were four newspapers in the County, each of which charged candidates 
$10.00 for making their announcement of candidacy in the primary. There went $40.00. 
I was away from home all summer from the time I closed my school until September. I 
w as out on an average of $2.00 a day for my room and board. The new spapers charged the 
candidates 25 cents a column inch for his advertisements. On top of all that. I had to keep a 
hired hand all summer on the farm. Defeat was a staggering blow, but my campaign taught 
me to be careful, cautious, and above all. it taught me how to be friendly. Many a time 1 
recall that little verse: "If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek. Fi\e things observe w ith care; 
To whom you speak, of whom you speak. And how. and when and w here.” 

I did not sulk in my tent” because I was defeated. 1 tried to take my defeat like a 
man. During October the election campaign got hot. Mr. Spence was the nominee of 
Republican Party. Certain enemies that he had came to me and tried to persuade me to run 
on the Democratic ticket in the general election. That did not look like fair play to me and 
I refused. After I refused, they went to Miss Brainard and persuaded her to run against 
Spence. Spence came to me while I was drilling wheat and asked me to go with him out to 
Anderson School house to a speaking that night and help him to defend himself. I told him 
that I would. That night when my turn came to speak, I told the voters that when I entered 
the race, I did so thinking that I w ould w in in the primary. And if so. I expected Mr. Spence 
and Miss Brainard to support me in the general election. That being the case. 1 thought 
the only honest thing to do would be for me to give Mr. Spence all the support I could. 
He certainly appreciated what I said and voluntarily promised me that he and his friends 
would stick to me, when 1918 rolled around. When 1918 came, he made his word good. 
There are some men who do not like Mr. Spence, but I have always found him straight and 
faithful to his friends. 

In the 1918 Republican primary, 1 had as my opponent Mr. T. F. McCartney. Mr. 
McCartney had been City Superintendent of Metropolis City Schools. Me had also been 
Mayor of Metropolis and cashier of the National State Bank. Nothing out of the ordinaty 
happened during this election except I earried 10 of the 1 1 precincts. In 1922 and in 1920 
I had no opponents in either of the primaries. In 1930 I had as my opponent 

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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L, Evers 
1. other L. Evers 

Dr. JosepSi C. Evers (1926- ) 



Ch. 7 

Minister's Metropolis Memoirs 

(EDITOR ’S NOTE: The following document was written in the 1980s by Dr. Joseph C. 
Evers, pastor of. Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church in Quincy, III.) 

By the Rev. Joseph C. Evers 

W henever anyone asks me where 1 was bom, I nearly always answer, 'in 
the back bedroom upstairs.” This is literally true. It was in the “Pansing 
House." the third house from the comer of 9 th St., on the East side of Ferry 
St., Metropolis, II., just after midnight on Dec. 17, 1926. 

Now that I have started this long-delayed story of my life, let me say that I am doing 
this mainly for my children: Mark Hasting, Dan Wesley, Jane Ann, Kevin Dean and Karmen 
Way. I want them all to know how veiy proud i am to be their father, and how often I 
thank the good Lord that their lives have made me glad that they are my children. If my 
grandchildren, or anyone else, enjoy these episodes 1 will count it an added blessing. 

I have no persona! knowledge or memory of my life before I was three. But I do have 


a few vivid memories of my fourth year. One is of my maternal grandfather. James Carr 
Trovillion. It was the occasion of a family visit to his house in Goreville. He was vers 
ill and near to death. I came into his bedroom. My Uncle Ward picked me up and said. 
“Dad. here is Joe." Granddad was very thin and had a huge shock of w hite hair and a 
white mustache. He smiled at me and nodded. That is the only memory I have of him. He 
died 

Another memory from my fourth year was the occasion of Dad's bringing home an 
“Alladin" lamp. It made such a difference from the light of the old "coal oil" lamps that we 
used in our house on North Avenue when we moved from town. We did not get electricity 
until 1932. 

I should interject here that in this account I will adhere to my adult habit of calling 
my parents Mom and Dad. But from my earliest childhood through high school we all 
addressed them as Mama and Papa. Harriett. I notice, still adheres to his practice. After L.T. 
moved to Florida, or at least when he was in his 60's, used the words, “My Daddy." I often 
wondered how horrified Dad would have been if he had heard that when he was alive. 

A third memory from my fourth year was a visit from Gale Adkins, who was to become 
my best friend in my early years. Gale was 9 months older than I and was always ahead of 
me in growth and athletic ability until l passed him in height when I was a junior in high 
school. We were playing in our south yard. There is a little slope there and we were doing 
somersaults, laughing and having a good time jumping over or mostly through the Oakes; 
asparagus bush which was on our property line. The Adkins lived the second house south 
of us, on the other side of Mr.& Mrs. Otis Oakes, Charles Gales aunt. 

FORBEARERS 

My parents were teachers, and you need to know something about them if you are to 
learn who I am. 

Both my parents were bom of humble parents, hardworking people who were respected 
in their communities. My grandfather Evers was a "pillar" in the Hillerman community 
and the Lower Salem Methodist Episcopal Church. He held various elected offices in the 
township including Justice of the Peace and constable. I le w as a Civil War veteran. After 
the war he built a log house in which my father was born, July 15. I <383. Granddad was a 
lifelong member of the Republican Party. When President McKinley was shot. Grandpa 
walked out to the field where Dad was plowing corn to tell him the sad news, lie said. 
“Luther, this is the third Republican president to be assassinated. My lather never forgot 
that and never wavered in his allegiance to Lincoln's party . 

Dad’s older brother John was drowned in the Ohio River when Dad w as tw o weeks old. 


His mother instilled a fear of the water that he never over came, and he never liked for us 
to go swimming unless our parents were there. When L. T. and I were in the upper grades 
and high school we generally had to sneak off to tinkers Ford on Massac Creek which was 
the only good swimming hole any where near to us. 

Dad tells in his memories about having to go to Mound City' to attend High School, 
since there was no High School in the western part of Massac County. What he does not 
relate is his personal accomplishments on the football field. In those days there were no 
uniforms and no helmets. Dr. Dunn in Cairo, who was the optometrist for the Evers' clan 
for many years, told Paul in the early 30’s that he remembered seeing Dad carry the ball 
down the field many times with two or three trying to tackle him but Dad was churning 
away with them hanging on. He was an awesome athlete. Dad graduated from High School, 
took the teachers exam, and began teaching the next year. He went to some summer terms 
at Southern Illinois Normal School and became one of the highly regarded teachers in 
Massac County. One of his early accomplishments of which I am particularly proud was 
the consolidation and integration of the Mermet school district. There were three schools 
in the district, two white and one for colored. Because of my father's moral influence, 
he persuaded the directors to consolidate the schools into one. He was the teacher that 
first year, 1905. The first day of school one of the 
white students ran up to my Dad and said in great 
agitation, "Mr. Evers, do you know that we are 
going to have n. . ,rs in our school this year?” The 
racially offensive word was never used on the 
school ground again. My mother always said that 
it was the first consolidated-integrated school in 
the state. 

When I was bom my father had just been 
elected to his third term as County Superintendent 
of Schools. Dad's memoirs will tell you other 
things that you might want to remember. I will 
try not to repeat stories that he has already told. 

However I will try to tell things that he did not 
write about, and will interject in my story what I 
hope will explain both my Dad and me. 

My grandpa Trovillion was always making NELLIE’S PARENTS are James 
little comments which I thought were aimed at and Harriett Nipper Trovillion. 



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disparaging Dad. Some of these had to do with finances. It was years before Mom told 
me the story. According to her. Dad's brother Jim decided in 1920 that since Dad had 
been elected as the County Superintendent of Schools that he could get elected also as the 
Sheriff. To finance his campaign he borrowed money form the bank, using the names of 
Dad's and Uncle Gus\ Aunt Cynthia's husband, to help get the loan. Jim did not get elected 
and found himself unable to repay the bank. Dad was zealous in protecting the Evers' 
family name. The bankers holding the note, anxious to get their money, urged Dad to stand 
good for it or he might not be reelected. In any case Dad mortgaged his farm and his house 
in town to cover the note. When the banks began to fail after the 1 929 crash. Dad lost both 
his farm and his house in town. It was at this time that Mom and Dad bought the property 
on North Avenue. It was a very old but solid house that had been the "toll" house on the 
toll road that ran from Metropolis to Round Knob. My brother Paul dug the basement and 
helped Otis Oakes pour the walls. The house was moved onto the foundation. My father 
was a very private person for one who was a public servant. I nev er learned any of these 
things from him. Nor did I ever hear him complain or bemoan his troubles and have often 
wondered at the fortitude of a man who was then quite ill and had to "start over” when he 
was 45. 

My grand- 
father Evers ran 
away from home 
to join the Union 
army when he 
was 16. He said 
that it wasn't too 
long before he 
was wishing he 
could run away 
from the anny. 

But he was with 
Grant's army 
from Cairo to 
Vicksburg. He 
was in the cavalry 
and at Vicksburg 
he had three horses 



AFTER LOSING their houses on 9th and Feny, and the farm 
during the Great Depression, they restored this old home on 
North Avenue , just across from the Masonic Cemetery , where 
Luther and many of his family are now hurried 


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shot out from under him. He had long wavy blond hair and was given the nickname of "Mary Jane”. 
Years later he met a Massac County German farmer in Metropolis who had been in the same company 
with him during the war. He was greeted by: “Mein Gott, if it hain’t Mary Shane!” Grandfather Evers 
died in 1916. My father’s people are nearly all buried at Lower Salem Cemetery'. 

1 know very little about my great-grandfather, John Alexander Evers. We believe he came from 
North Carolina, through the Cumberland Gap and to free soil in Illinois. His log cabin was built on 
the second hill on the west side of Karnak, just a short way from the Ohio River. He was driven out 
of the South by the cotton culture against which small farmers found it impossible to compete. He 
also was a teacher. His cabin was one of the places escaping slaves found refuge. Family tradition is 
that Harriet Tubman spent a day there before moving on with her charge. He made the only speech 
for Abraham Lincoln in the western part of Massac County. To do that in hostile democrat country he 
had his gun in his hand on the tail gate of his wagon. The vote for Douglas was over 800 in Massac 
County to less than a hundred for Lincoln. But they were Union people and there was never a draft 
in the county during the Civil War. Every quota was meet with enlistment’s. 

One of my treasures is my great-grandfathers family Bible. He bought it from Brother Washington 
Hood of the American Bible Society in 1851. 

My mother was bom in a farm house near Ozark. Johnson County, Feb. 20, 1883. Her birth was 
not recorded, and I never heard any discussion of it by either my mother or grandmother. She was the 


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first child of James Carr Trovillion and Harriett Jane Nipper. I had the distinct impression that she was 
delivered by the help of a "granny woman.” 

Granddad Trovillion was born near Lebanon. Tennessee. I have a piece of wood from the house 
in which he was bom. He was from a slave-owning family, and 1 have heard my grandmother say that 
slaves helped to raise him. They moved to Pope County, III., when he was quite small. He became 
a carpenter and worked on the trestles for the Edgewood Cut-off of the Illinois Central Rail Road. 
When Mom was quite small they moved to a farm south of the present town of Goreville. The land 
is now part of the Fern Cliffe State Park. 

Grandmother Trovillion was bom in the central part of Johnson County in a community known 
as Hog Jaw Bend. She went only through the third grade. When they were manned she was 17 
and granddad w'as 27. He convinced her that her Methodist heritage was wrong and she joined the 
Missionary Baptist Church with him. She was always "preaching” Baptist doctrine to me when I was 
small. Her parents. William and Queen Ann Nipper, her second daughter who died as an infant, and 
her Brother William LaFayette Nipper are all buried in the cemetery at Taylor Church. 

Granddad built the first house in Goreville when the C & E 1 Railroad built its line there. 
Goreville was the highest point on that line. He also built his own house there and that is the house in 
which Mom lived when Dad was courting her. When I was in the S1U history department. I wrote a 
Flistory of Goreville for a term paper. When they were living at the Fern Cliffe farm, their log cabin 
was across the creek from the school so Mom missed several winters of school, because there was no 
bridge and granddad wouldn't let her walk across the foot log. The creek was often at flood stage. She 
remembered the house as very cold with a fire-place the only source of heat. She said thy sat around 
the fire during the winter with 
blankets around themselves to 
keep their backs warm. She was 
16 when she finally graduated 
from the 8th grade. Because 
there was no High School in 
Johnson County for her to attend, 
she took the 7th and 8th grades 
over. Actually she was sort of 
an assistant, helping with the 
first graders in reading and other 
subjects. Mom was an excellent 
speller and knew more rules for 
spelling than 1 ever heard of. She 



NELLIE (right) stands in the back row with her 
mother Nipper, L.T., Rolland (on knees) and Joe. 
while on the swing are Mariam. Harriett, and Luther. 


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was left-handed but her teachers made her write with her right hand. In spite of this, she had a 
beautiful Palmer Method cursive style. She ate and did everything else with her left hand. When 
she was 18 she went to Vienna, passed the teachers exam and began teaching. Her first school was 
in Sanborn, a settlement that disappeared long ago. Sanborn was at the other end of the tunnel from 
Tunnel Hill. Her uncle “Fayte” (LaFayette) Nipper was Station Master, Postmaster, Justice of the 
Peace, Constable, and most importantly for Mom, one the directors of the public school of Sanborn. 
She taught there for two years and lived in Uncle Fayet’s house with his girls who where about her 
age. She remembered that time with great fondness. With her first months salary she bought the 
Cedar Chest that now belongs to Jane Ann. I always remembered it being full of Mom’s precious 
stuff that she intended to use someday. In 1903 she moved back to Goreville and taught there for 
seven years. 

In 1910 she moved to Weaver Camp (Chittyville) north of Herrin. The camp was mainly inhabited 
by Eastern European immigrants who had been brought in to mine coal. She taught first and second 
grades. One year she had 84 children in her room. They came from 1 1 different nationalities. She did 
have an assistant that year! 

In 1920 Granddad asked her to leave Weaver because he foresaw the coming of real trouble in 
Herrin. Sure enough the “mine wars” began soon after. The Herrin Massacre was in 1922, and the 
man who gave the orders to shoot the twenty-two “scabs,” who were all killed, had been eating at 
the same boarding house table with Morn for two years. She always referred to him as “just an old 
anarchist.” 

It is interesting how she came to Metropolis. She had sent letters of application to several 
schools. The Board of Education was reviewing the applications. One of the members said, “Here 
is an interesting one. This lady has been the highest paid primary teacher in Williamson County 
for several years. She makes $135 a month and she is willing to teach in our school for $100!” L. F. 
Parrish, the wealthy hardware store man, said, “We don't want her. She’s crazy!” “Oh. I don’t know," 
the man said, “she’s my niece.” He was Dr. Trovillion, Mom’s uncle. By the way, he delivered all of 
Mom's kids. 

She met Dad when she went to the County Superintendents office to register her certificate. Two 
years later Dad’s first, wife died in childbirth. Dad lived in the house on Ferry' Street, and Mom lived 
around the corner and half way down the block on 9th St. where she had a room with the Andrew 
Davidsons. I remember a stack of Dad’s love letters she had tied with a ribbon and kept in her cedar 
chest. She w r as impressed that Dad and his seven children were always punctual in attending both 
morning and evening services at the Methodist Church. She had heard Dad sing for weddings and 
special occasions. He had a fine tenor voice and had been singing with his three brothers in a quartet 
which was well known among the churches of the Western part of Massac County. Mom sometimes, 


although a Baptist, attended the Methodist Church on Sunday evening with Mr. & Mrs. Davidson. 
She noticed that Dad had been timing his walks to church to coincide with theirs. From 1 920 to 1 923 
she had several of my older brothers and sisters in her classroom at Clarke School. Soon he was 
courting her in earnest. They were married on October 7,1923. 

It must have been a daunting prospect for a 40 year old maiden lady teacher, whose mother was 
never in tavor of the marriage, to move into a house with seven children not her own, and a seventeen 
year old step-daughter who had been running things as best she could. But my parents devotion to 
each other never wavered, 

SISTERS AND BROTHERS 

1 never ever remember any of us referring to our brothers and sisters as “step.” We were brothers 
and sisters, and still refer to each as such. It was never a matter of discussion with others unless some 
adult would mention it or press us on the subject. There was a closeness there with deep respect and 
love. 

Paul was 15 when Dad remarried. He was always a fighter and Rolland's protector. Rolland was 
much like me, very small and with crossed eyes, and always picked on. Paul was his hero. When one of 
Paul's school mates made some sort of suggestive comment about Mom because L.T. was bom a couple 
of weeks before the end of nine full months after the wedding, Paul gave him a good thrashing. When 
L.T. was about three, there was a neighbor boy. Norman Profit, about the same age, but a bully. He had 
L.T. running home crying a lot. Paul took L.T. aside and taught him a bit of the "art of manly defense." 
The next time Norman started to torment L.T., a couple of stiff left jabs to the nose taught him a little 
more respect for his neighbor. He never bothered L.T. after that. 

Here are the names and birth dates of my family: 

Evelyn Marie, July 23, 1906; 

James Paul, January 6, 1908 

(Paul had a twin sister, Pauline, who died when she was only a few months old.) 

Mary Frances, February 11, 1909; 

Daniel Albert Rolland, June 7,191 1; 

Stelsa Evelyn, July 31,1913; 

Vivienne May, February 11,1916; 

Helen Ann, September 22,1918 

(An infant son died at birth when Ethel, Dad’s first wife, also died.); 

Luther Trevyllen, June 25,1924; 

Joseph Calvin Carr, December 17,1926; 

Harriett Hester, September 25,1928. 

For several years when I was small, the Sunday program of the Evers household was to attend the 


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Methodist Sunday School and Morning Worship, and then the BYPU and Baptist Church in the evening. 
This was how my parents agreed about their different denominationai loyalties. St was a different 
demeanor in the Baptist Church. When someone prayed, there was a chorus of fervent, “Amen,” after 
nearly every sentence. For several years, since this custom was never explained to me, 1 thought they 
were telling the prayer that he had prayed enough and should quit! I only remember one person ever 
saying, ‘‘Amen,” out loud in the Methodist Church, an elderly retired preacher. 

After Granddad Trovillion died. Grandma moved into our house. This was a relief for Mom 
because it was imperative that she help Dad at the office. It was not a relief for me. I thought she was a 
tyrant most of the time and, middle child that I am, was convinced that she definitely favored Harriett 
too much. I vividly remember standing at the sink washing dishes while Harriett was outside playing. 
I remember vowing to myself that if I ever got out of that house I would never wash another dish as 
long as I lived, a vow I have had to repent continually! Grandma was a good cook, and in my early 
years when there were 8 to 1 0 of us sitting around the big dining room table, we ate a lot of beans, 
potatoes and bread that she had cooked on the big old kitchen range. 

One of Dad’s educational efforts was table conversation. He wanted all his children to learn 
correct English usage. So we were never allowed to use the poor grammar that we often heard spoken 
by the other community children. We had the usual table conversations about daily happenings, 
school or church activities, any adventures any of us had participated in, news of the world, books 
we had read, etc. In all this conversation we were all on the alert to catch the speaker in any error of 
speech or grammar. We would correct each other and Dad would enforce the rale that the one who 
misspoke had to correct himself. None of us ever refused, knowing that we would be “asked* to leave 
the table. By interpretation that means that we would be banished from the table for that meal. 

1 do remember a couple of events from late 1930. Dad traded his old Model T touring car with 
the side curtains for a brand new Chevrolet 4-door Sedan. It was a beautiful maroon. 1 remember how- 
well a 50 lb. block of ice tit on the bumper and rode home to be washed off and put in the icebox. I 
remember it also because on some trip out to the country to visit, I believe it was for Dad to call on 
some school official business, I got my bare foot in the wrong place and the front door slammed on my 
right little toe. The toenail is still malformed! I also remember the burial of my oldest sister, Evelyn, 
and getting into that same car to ride home from the grave yard. Evelyn had died of an infection after 
a poorly attended miscarriage. She left a son, George Lewis Meyer, who now lives in Falls Church, 
VA. She had another son who died in infancy. I remember visiting her house one day before she died. 
She lived out in the same neighbor- hood as Frances and Wilburn May 

Harriett and 1 played together a lot before I started to school. I was teased for liking to play with 
paper dolls with her. We played a lot of childhood games in our big house and yard. 

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of her friends were in the living room. Some adult who came in was asking how old she was. Harriett 
was hiding under the library table, crashing the party. She answered. "1 can tell you right now, she's 
no spring chicken.” 

One day grandma was looking at the paper and saw a picture of a pretty little girl. She said. 
“There's a pretty girl.” Harriett said, "You never can tell how she acts!” Dad said Harriett started 
talking when she was six months old and never stopped. 

Since I would be entering the first grade in the fall of 1932, 1 was afforded the honor of attending 
school with L.T. sometime in April of that year. Weaver Creek School. District # 22, was on the next 
section line exactly one mile from our house. There is no atmosphere quite comparable to that of a 
one room school. It was a superb place to get a good grammar school education if there was a good 
teacher, and Weaver Creek was fortunate to have a series of the best teachers in Massac County. I 
can still remember the distinct odor, a mixture of oil from the floor sweep, crayons, chalk dust, coal 
burning in the furnace, new books, fresh scrubbed clothes and children, and years of use by all sorts 
of children. I was proud and also a bit jealous of L.T. who was a 2nd grader. 1 could hardly wait for 
August to come and I could have my very own desk. 

WEAVER CREEK 

My first grade teacher was Miss Edna Dunn. She was the daughter of one of the deacons in the 
Baptist Church. Dad had encouraged her to go to school and urged the directors of Weaver Creek to 
give her this first job teaching. I would never have known this was her first school. She impressed me. 
I thought she was very pretty. She had a peaches and cream complexion, and when she blushed her 
cheeks turned bright red. I was always a fast learner and did well in school. Years later when I met 
her in San Antonio where she had come to hear me preach she would be telling her sister-in-law that 
I had always been as smart as a whip. 

Gale and I were the only two in the first grade. We were always together in nearly everything, 
w hich got us into our first trouble. One of the immutable rules at Weaver Creek was that there should 
never be any rock throwing on the school ground. 

Well, there was this fat little kid in the third grade. Gale and I got out for lunch 1 5 minutes before 
the rest of the school. I guess they thought first graders had been still up to their limit by that time. 
This kid asked to be excused to go to the toilet. The boys toilet was at the back ot the school yard right 
on the bank of Weaver Creek. All the windows on the back wall ol the school were 6 or 8 feet from 
the floor, so what went on in back of the school could not be seen from the inside. 1 his whiny kid got 
seated and Gail and I thought it would be fun to pelt the place with some small pebbles. 1 hey weren t 
really rocks! He went off whining that he was going to tell. Which he did. All the students had been 
dismissed for lunch, but Miss Edna had sent word that she wanted to see Gail and Joe. We went inside 
with a great deal of fear knotted up in our guts. She sal us down on the recitation bench on the right 


side in front of her desk, and started to grill us. Didn’t we know that it was against the rules to throw 
rocks? Did we throw rocks? You know that I will have to spank you both. “Which one of you wants 
to be first?’’ Gail threw up his hand and said, “I do.” Whereupon, Miss Edna lost it, barely managing 
not to guffaw, covering her mouth with her hand and turning scarlet. She took Gail by the arm, gave a 
few hand swats on the rear, did the same to me and sent us out. Dutifully crying over the humiliation, 
since there was no real pain inflicted, we ran down the steps to be picked up in the arms of two of the 
big 7th grade girls, Gale in the arms of his cousin Anna Oaks, and Joe in the arms of Helen Wheymeir. 
This, of course, made our punishment much more memorable. 

The rule in the Evers' household was, “A spanking at school - another at home.” For some reason 
the second part of the rale never got carried out for me. 

The 1 932 presidential election day was a school day of course. Harriett, then four, got to go to the 
polling place with Mom & Dad. One of the clerks 
gave her a sample ballot and she made her X on it 
for President Hoover and told me all about it when 
1 got home. 1 was more than a little put out about 
missing such an honor. My father was convinced 
that FDR was a moral degenerate for bringing back 
the saloons. Dad kept a cartoon on the back of his 
office door which he only showed to those with 
the same sentiments. It showed a low IQ character 
saying, “Last week 1 couldn’t even spell dumbocrat; 
now I are one.” 

L.T. and I usually walked to school together. 

Leland Shelton and his next door neighbor both 
owned mean dogs. They lived about a quarter mile 
north of us. I always walked with L. T. because I 
wanted protection. One morning he ran off and left 
me. I was sneaking up the road as quite as I could, 
and managed to get by with out those dogs coming 
out to bark. I was about to the next house, about 
200 yards on up the road, when I heard noise in the 
gravel behind me. I whirled around face to face with 
Tige, Leland’s big red blood hound baying and the 
neighbor’s rat terrier snarling at my shins. It was the 
only time 1 ever remember being so frightened that I 



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wet my pants. My terrified scream seemed to satisfy them and they walked off back down the road. I 
couldn't walk back past them, so I continued on to school greatly humiliated. 

My first year of school was interrupted by one of my severest cases of tonsillitis, so I missed 
about a month of school. The school term ended in the middle of April at Weaver Creek, as it did 
in most rural schools all over the country. Farm boys had lots of work to do in the Spring. The city 
schools still had six weeks to go. Dad asked me if I would like to go to Central School for the last 
six weeks. It was right on the way to Dad's office and my parents could drop me off at 11th St. as 
they drove on down to his office on 5th St. One day Mom did not go to work. She was the assistant 
Superintendent at that time, but frequently had what she called sick headaches. I got out early for 
lunch, and hurried down to Dad’s office to ride home with him. When we got home he told Mom 
that he was not going to drive anymore, that he wasn't a safe driver. He never drove again. Mom 
began driving him on his school visits. T.T. began driving when he was about 12, Illinois not having 
a drivers license requirement until 1938. 

My father had been elected Co. Supt. in 1918. and normally would have taken office on August 
1,1919. at the close of the financial books and the beginning of the new school year. However, Mr. 
Spence, the previous Supt.. had been elected State Senator, and he resigned to go to Springfield for 
the beginning of the legislative session in January . The County Board appointed Dad to fill the rest of 
Spence’s term. Being new at a job with his predecessor not around to give advice. Dad was under a 
great deal of stress. By nature he wanted to do a good job and as a fresh politician was very eager to 
please his constituents. But he came down with the 1918 flu. He had a severe case but went back to 
work too soon. He had what the old-timers called a backset. The 1918 flu epidemic had a very high 
incidence of encephalitis. The first signs of Parkinson's disease manifested itself about 1928 or 1929 
when he lost enough control of his right hand so that he could not write. 1 always remember him 
signing his name with his left in a very primitive script. In 1930 he went to the Mayo Clinic, they 
diagnosed his condition as Parkinson and said he might live to be IOO but that he would never be any 
better and would probably get worse. 

In the mid “30's” he walked with a shuffle and would put his hand on my shoulder for support. 
By the latter 30’s he had to have his feet lifted up into the car after he sat down on the seat. In all this 
time I never ever heard him utter a single complaint. 1 was always envious ot the boys my age who 
had young and vigorous fathers who could play with them. 

My second grade teacher was Miss Esther Krueger. I remember a tew things from that year. 
Since the school only started a first grade class every other year, in 1 933 we had grades 2,4.6, 8. 1 he 
2nd and 4th graders were out early for lunch for some reason. I he 4th graders hatched a plan lor all 
the girls to go in the boys toilet one at a time, sit on the old two hole'r while the boys would look up 
at their bare bottoms and vote on which was the prettiest. Needless to say the second grade boys. Gale 


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and I, were just as eager as the 4th grade boys to participate. Doris HilJdebrand won. And ail of us 
lost. Miss Esther kept us after school one day the next week. She was never going to confront what 
we actually did, but she lined both classes up, spanked us all for “playing in the creek," which was 
strictly against the rules. All of us knew what we were being punished for, and, as far as I know, none 
of us ever found out who the snitch was. it did teach us a lesson on the strange ways of justice. 

I was sweet on a pretty little blond girl named Mary Frances Comer, i had stolen a kiss on the 
cheek while we were playing at recess one day. The big event of the year was the annual Pie Supper, 
the main fund raiser for country schools.The girls would bring a pie or box lunch in a beautifully 
wrapped box. Sometimes it was a secret but most of the time everyone knew whose box it was. If a 
guy was known to be sweet on some girl, the other guys would run up the bid on him. Sometimes the 
fathers or other men would bid, which would make both the boys and girls squirm. I was so eager to 
get Mary Frances' box that I was bidding against myself, which caused a great deal of laughter and 
lots of ribbing from my family. You live and leam. I won the box. 

Harriett got to visit school with me one day that year. Dad asked her if she learned anything. She 
said she had learned how to make a “deskamal” point, and pretending she had a piece of chalk in 
her fingers dotted a spot on the wall several times and ground it around just as she had seen one of the 
eighth grade girls do at the board. 

A few things happened that I remember from the fall of 1934 . 1 got my first glasses. My right eye 
had always crossed, and by the time I got glasses, the nerve was so weakened that I only have about 
60% vision in that eye. It has been a goal of mine to speak to every parent who has a child who’s eyes 
are crossed to get them to a doctor before their eyes can be damaged. 

I think it was also that fall when a traumatic event occurred as far as I was concerned. I had 
one of our kitchen chairs leaned back against the north wall of our kitchen. Helen and Vivienne, the 
only two of the older children still at home, were washing dishes at the sink on the west wall. 1 was 
reading a story in my reader about a boy named "Joseph.” I must have told them about it because I 
asked them, “I wonder why the folks didn't name me Joseph?” They both laughed at me and said, 
that is, your name. I said, "It is not!” They laughed some more and declared it was. No one had ever 
called me Joseph in my whole life. I slammed down the front legs of the chair, marched into the living 
room and stood in front of my Dad and demanded: "What is my name?” Dad said, “Joseph Calvin 
Evers,” Mom corrected him: “Joseph Calvin Carr Evers.” “Why hasn't anybody told me?” I stormed 
in no uncertain terms. Everybody had always called me Joe, except for Frances and sometimes Aunt 
Hattie, (Harriett Hester Ferguson, Dad's sister.) who both on occasion called me Joe Calvin. The 
very next day at school I began signing my papers as Joseph, it has never bothered me to be called 
Joe, but I w'ould have liked to have known! 

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us for a couple of weeks. Dad had him build a new wash house-coal shed behind our house. It would 
be very useful to us, as I will explain later. But two things happened while Mom's brother was with 
us. L. T. found a package of his cigarettes and smoked some of them and became deathly sick. L. T., 
unusual for Dad, was not punished for this infraction. Dad figured he had punished himself enough. 

I smoked a couple of them also, but I didn't get sick. 1 was never sick from any of the tobacco 
products I smoked or chewed. 

The other occurrence was an accident that happened to me. To make room for the new wash 
house, our old tumble down smoke house had to be removed. One evening I climbed up the ladder, 
reached up to take hold of the shingles on the smoke house. They were rotten old wood shingles so 
they tore away causing me to lose my balance. I fell off the 5 ft. ladder, hit my mouth on the comer 
of a 2 x 4 freshly cut and installed on the top of a saw horse. It hurt like the dickens, displaced one of 
my teeth, and cut a hole in the comer of my mouth on my lower lip. 

That evening when I had gone to sleep. Mom came to swab out the wound with mercurochrome. 
She lost the cotton swab inside my mouth. The scar is there to this day. 

It was a bad year in 1934. Harriett was in the first grade. She had taught herself to read when she 
was four, and was really messing up the first grade class which consisted of Jimmy Baker and another 
slow learner. Miss Edna was our teacher again for my third and fourth years. Before the first month 
w as out she promoted Harriett to the second grade reader, and at the end of the year she asked Dad 
if she could promote her to the fourth grade, w hich would put her in the same grade with me. Dad 
wouldn't allow it unless she would finish her third grade reader. I think she did that in about three 
days! So she was in my class. She was always a better speller, but I was better in math and science. 
We were well into High School before 1 was fully reconciled to the fact that she had "caught up" w ith 
me. 

One of the things that helped all the Evers kids to excel was the emphasis that the folks put 
on reading. Mom read to us constantly when we were too young to read ourselves. Illinois had a 
program for reading called the “Reading Circle." A student could sign-up to be a part of the reading 
circle, receive an embossed certificate for reading one book, and a special sticker for all four comers 
if he completed the circle. A set of books were brought to the Co. Supt. office and displayed for weeks 
each year leading up to the “Teachers' Institute." After that the company would sell the whole set to 
Dad at a big discount. They bought the entire set. preschool through college. They included some of 
the very best books ever written for children. They were educational, they were tun. and they taught 
us about life. I could still give an A+ book report on dozens of them. We were always reading! We 
couldn't keep from learning. 

Every other Friday we spent the time after afternoon recess in some sort ot educational game and 
fun time. When it was spelling, there was Harriett at the head ol the class, unless it was the I edbetter 


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girl, a black girl who lived in our district for two years. She was an excellent speller. But if it was 
to be a math competition everyone wanted me on their team. Very seldom did anyone get the right 
answer before f did I also remember winning the geography competitions. 1 don't ever remember 
studying too hard or doing much homework. But school went from 8:00 to noon and from 1:00 to 
4:00. so there was plenty of time while other classes were at the recitation bench to do the assigned 
work. 

For some reason, probably known only to God, the unsold State Fair tickets were distributed to 
the offices of the County Superintendents of Schools. They were packed in boxes of 1 ,000s. They 
were good quality card stock, good for writing notes on the back and good for making numbers 
games. Since Dad was an old fashioned Methodist and hated playing cards as the “devil's tools," 
and would never allow a deck of playing cards in our house, we were strictly ordered not to call the 
tickets “cards." Mom made some of them into a cheap game of Rook. Harnett and 1 often played with 
them the same games that one plays with Rook cards. One evening after supper while it was a long 
way from dark. I said to Harriett, “Let's play cards.” In my childish forgetfulness, I had forgotten 
the paternal instructions. Dad, in his usual stem disciplinary tone, said, “Joe, you go to bed! I've 
told you they are not cards. They are numbers!” I went sniffling off, and lay crying in my bed for 
what seemed like hours, bemoaning my bad fortune to have a father who was so unforgiving who 
just didn't understand someone so prone to making the same mistakes over and over, and was a slow 
learner of w hat I considered niggling rules! 

An annual occurrence every year at Weaver Creek was a Christmas Program. There were readings, 
songs and plays. From the fourth grade on I always 
had one of the leading parts because I had a quick and 
retentive memory. Nearly all the parents, grandparents 
who lived near, other relatives and friends attended. All 
the seats were filled and there were generally people 
standing around the back and sides. 

Besides the program we also had a Christmas gift 
exchange every year. I was very sweet on a little girl 
named Slankard. She was younger than I, but 1 thought 
she had the cutest ways about her. I wanted her name 
very bad and prayed very earnestly that I would draw 
her name out of the box. I remember how awed I was 
when I actually did draw her name. The next year I 
prayed just as hard, but didn’t draw her name that time. 

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drew her name and was willing to swap it for the one 1 had drawn. So I had that cherished name both 
years she was in our school. 

1 934 was election year, so the folks were at campaign meetings around the count}' a great many 
nights during October and early November. In the election of 1930, Dad had been nominated by both 
parties, so there had been no worry. There was some anxiety this year but Dad won election to his 
fifth term, a record which still stands in Massac County. 

We took our lunches to school in old fashioned lunch pails. I really can't remember w hat grandma 
fixed for my lunches. 1 think it always included an apple but it seemed to me that it was never very 
exciting. But Gale always had a bottle of grape juice, which he called red gasoline and declared gave 
him that special edge in all our running games. I really envied him, and thought his mother must 
really love him to give him something so special. Once in a while he would let me have a taste, and it 
was so good. It was always a blue glass bottle w ith a cork stopper and an aluminum screw-on cap. I 
believe it was the bottle that salts (laxative) came in. Now' I realize that someone in the Adkins family 
must have needed regular doses of salts. Funny the things that so impress you when you are a kid. 

The electric line had been extended north from Metropolis to our house in 1932. We were the 
last house on the line. We were also the last telephone customer going north, so I remember lots of 
folks coming to our house to use the phone. The first time I ever saw a person drunk w'as when Leland 
Shelton came to use the phone when he was really drunk. 

The folks had a water system installed in our house in 1934, and the bedroom that L. T. and I 
shared was divided. The north half was made into a bathroom. We didn't have to go out to the privy 
anymore. Sears and Roebuck also installed a hot water heating sy stem. We had the most comfortable 
house after that. But our cistern could not furnish enough water, so they had a well dug in our south 
yard. It never ran dry even in the driest seasons. 

One of the lasting impressions of my fourth grade year with Miss Edna was her teaching us about 
the stars and constellations. Not just from the text book, but a night at her fathers farm. He had a hay 
wagon filled with fresh hay and took us out to his back pasture so we could lay on our backs to see the 
stars while Miss Edna pointed out the different constellations. It was at the time of one of the meteor 
showers and we saw a couple of "falling stars. ’* We really did have good teachers. 

The big event in the summer of 1936 was the arrival of my very own bicycle. I knew it was 
coming and I was out the door in a flash. It impressed me for the first time how far a boy could lean 
over rounding the sink next to the kitchen door when on the dead run. I leaped off the back porch and 
was transfixed with the beauty of that shiny black bike with the tiny lines of gold trim. But then came 
the hours of frustration as I tried to master that thing. Why did it always head straight for that maple 
tree? Why was it so hard to keep upright? Why did everybody in the neighborhood have to laugh ’ By 
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on my last day of high school. 

1935 and 1936 were the years of the big drought and the "dust bowl” out West. 1 remember the 
sky being red, and the dust settling on the desks so that they had to be dusted every few hours. It 
was at this time that I first became aware of world events that have left a deep impression, and given 
me a hunger for news and information about the larger world out there: The Hindenburg disaster; 
the war in Ethiopia; the national election. All my early teachers were staunch Republicans. Miss 
Geneva Spore, our fifth grade teacher, had us riding on a float in a parade in town wearing Sunflower 
buttons and waving pennants for Alf Landon. But, of course there was the bitter disappointment of 
Roosevelt's reelection. 

1937 came as a shock for the kids at Weaver Creek. We were to have our first man teacher, Earl 
Loverkamp. who had the reputation of a hard-nosed disciplinarian. We were all scared witless. He 
seemed nice enough and Dad assured me he was a good teacher. He had style. He drove a neat Model 
A Ford, bright yellow with a rumble seat. That year at the annual pie supper there was a good looking 
stranger there that we had never seen before. But the men in the crowd knew what was going on. She 
was Earl's girl friend. When it came time to auction her box. the men in the crowd were merciless. 
They ran the price up close to $20, before they relented and let Earl have it. It was the highest price 1 
ever remember in my eight years there, and took about half of Earl's salary for the month. 

The Pie Supper money was always a kind of student activity fond. Since we didn't have a 
basketball goal, or a decent place to play that game, we generally ordered a new soccer ball, softball, 
and bat. I don't remember what else we bought. We always had a good sponge-rubber ball to play 
handy-over. We would have a team on either side of the schoolhouse. throw the ball over for the 
other side to catch, then run or dodge to keep them from tagging us or throwing the ball to hit us. 
Players hit had to join the team on the other side. We could fill up a whole recess or noon hour with 
this game. My favorite game the last two years at Weaver Creek was stink base. There was only 
one schoolmate who could out run me: that was Gale. We tried to pick each other when we were 
choosing. 

I believe it was the summer of 1936, also, that I had a great scare. Several of us, L. T., Leonard 
and Gale Adkins, and I believe some others who 1 don't recall, rode our bikes out to Tinkers Ford to 
swim. There was a pool of water there about 75 feet long and close to six feet deep in places. 1 had 
not yet learned to swim. I would wade and play but not in deep water. I was trying to get to where 
everyone was playing, when suddenly I could no longer touch bottom. I was struggling and calling 
tor help, but no one was paying any attention. Leonard finally recognized that 1 was in trouble, swam 
quickly over, and being tall enough to stand on the bottom, he picked me up and helped me cough up 
some water. 1 determined to leam to sw'im and shortly after that did so, but I have never lost that little 
cautious fear of the water. 


Mr. Loverkamp was our teacher only one year. It was a memorable time since that was the 
year Lloyd Kruger came to our school. He was two years behind me, and he had the foulest mouth 
I had ever heard. He had learned it from some bad companions at his previous school. Every time I 
caught him saying that stuff I would put him on the ground and hold him down till he promised not 
to say those words again. In a couple of months 1 had changed him. and he became one of my closest 
friends. 

The Vaughns moved into a house about a quarter of a mile north of us. Alva was the only boy in 
school who smoked, not on the school ground, of course. They were a poor family and didn't keep 
themselves very clean. I remember that he wore glasses! In those days it was against the law to 
hit anyone in the face who was wearing glasses. Dad had told us when we started to school that we 
should never fight anyone unless we were mad enough to kill them. I never reached that stage. 

A few weeks later Gale and I were playing in the cemetery on top of the crypt with steps right 
next to the Kimball big granite ball. Before we knew it the Rogers boys where right there, and Kenny 
was boiling mad. Someone had snitched on Gale and me about the spanking eaves-dropping that we 
had done. Kenny demanded that l take off my glasses so that he could whup me good. I was about to 
pee my pants when who should show up to rescue me but "Peanuts' 1 Vaughn. He was usually keeping 
an eye of the Rogers to see what they were up to. and he arrived just in time. 

L. T. and I usually had chickens for a 4-H Club project. We would get a hundred newly hatched 
chicks from Helm's Hatchery and feed them until they were fry ing size and sell them. We generally came 
out a few dollars ahead. One day Mr. Rogers big coon-dog had jumped the fence into our brooder pen 
and was scaring our chickens to death. L.T. got his .410 shot gun and let the hound have it right in the 
rear. That evening 
Mr. Rogers came 
down to complain 
to Dad. He told Dad 
that he wouldn't 
have had his dog 
shot for a $ 1 00. Dad 
was pretty sure that 
Rogers hadn't had 
an honest $100 in a 
long time, informed 
him that he thought 
the solution to the 

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keep his hound out of our chicken yard. 

It was a great relief w hen the Rogers moved out of Weaver Creek district before the next school 
year started. 

Every Halloween we would all go to town in Dad's car. Mom would park it in front of the store 
on the comer of 7th and Market. Dad would sit in the car and the men in the community would stop 
by to talk to him while all the kids, in our costumes, would walk up and down Market Street soaping 
up the store windows. I never heard of "trick or treat” until I was in Carbondale my first year of 
college. 

A big happening during the summer of 1938 was my having my tonsils removed. That took 
place at Dr. Walbright's “hospital." It was just a large two-story brick house just south of the library. 
When I was waking up after the ether wore off, I was pretty much out of my head and asking for 
things that I wasn't supposed to have. I was teased for years about having declared, ’‘Nobody loves 
me!” After my tonsils were out 1 didn't miss a day of school for six years. 

Sunday School was a very important influence on my life. I remember most of my Sunday 
School teachers. Three were special. Wilma Mescher, a college girl who was attending Murray State, 
was the boys class teacher when I was in the fifth and sixth grades Her father, Willie, was our teacher 
as intermediates. (Methodist educational experts thought that term was demeaning so we call them 
Junior High or Middle School, but they still act like intermediates!) When I was in High School, Roy 
Dunn was my teacher. He loved us and did things to help us learn and develop self discipline. Each 
fall he would make a “contract” with us. Since 75% was passing in school, we were to attend S.S. 3 
of 4 Sundays every month, and at least one of the three regularly scheduled worship serv ices of the 
week. If we would do that we could go on the class trip during the summer. Once, before I got into the 
class, L.T. went with the class to Reelfoot Lake for three days fishing, boating and swimming. Most 
years we went to St. Louis for a day. In the morning we would go to The Highlands, an Amusement 
Park where the campus of St. Louis Community College is now right across the street from Forest 
Park. In the afternoon we would go to Sportsman Park and see the Cards and the Cubs play. 

Sometime in 1937 or 1938 Rev. Otto Horsley, our pastor, had an evangelist named Vee Jackson. 
I couldn't tell you a thing he said, but I knew that I had a conviction that I was a sinner who needed 
Jesus. Before we left for the service, I told my mother that I intended to go to the altar that evening. 
She said for me to talk to Dad, that he would have some good advice for me. I went out to the car 
which was parked out front where Dad was waiting for the rest of the family. I wanted to tell him 
what I had planned to do. He said that he had been praying for me, and that what I had planned was 
the best thing I could ever do. I knew before I went down that God was calling me to preach. I hadn't 
been kneeling but a few seconds when Roy Dunn, my Sunday School teacher, was there with his arm 
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next. It only took a few moments when I felt like a huge burden had been lifted off me and a great 
sense of calm. The next morning we were warming ourselves around the old coal-burning kitchen 
range, when I told Grandma about it. She was very happy. L.T. and Harriett joined the church after 
that revival, but I was still under the influence of my grandmother’s constant Baptist indoctrination 
and thought I was going to be a Baptist preacher. 

All during my childhood and youth one of the most important events was our church's Easter 
Sunrise Service. We always attended and stayed after the service for the wonderful old-fashioned 
breakfast. One year in the late ‘30s there was a big snow, 4 or 5 inches on the ground. As we got out of 
the car a gust of wind blew Harriett’s hat off and it went tumbling through the snow w ith me chasing 
it down for her. 

I believe it was the winter of 1935-1936 that was the coldest winter for many years. It was 
especially severe up toward the head waters of the Ohio. In the early spring when the ice began to 
break up, there was a great ice flow down the river. The folks took us out to Fort Massac to see it. 
It was amazing to see the entire river filled with huge blocks of ice, churning and crunching against 
each other and the banks of the river. Some to the chunks were as big as houses. As they pushed 
and reared up and fell against one another, it was an awesome noise, and a sight I have never seen 
since. 

1937 was the year of the record Hood on the Ohio River. The flood on the Ohio backed up Mud 
Creek, a small tributary of Massac Creek, and covered North avenue from Charlie Dumeirs house to 
just past 19th St. Mrs. Dumeir was another of Gale’s aunts and lived just south of Grandpa Adkins. 

Rolland had been doing a lot of rescue work all over the county' with his 18 foot johnboat. He 
came one day to take all of us on a trip down North Avenue. He started just below Dumeirs, and when 
we got to mud creek the bridge railing was under water. We went all the way to 19th St. 

Because this road to town was unavailable, to get to his office Dad had to be driven around 
through the country. We would drive north from our house to Hood’s Corner, a mile and a half, then 
a mile and a half to Mt. Mission School, about 3/4 of a mile to Route 45 West, then a couple of miles 
into town from the West. These were narrow gravel roads, so men were stationed at Hood's Comer 
and at Route 45 to hold the traffic until the last car in line was given a red Hag to carry to the man on 
the other end. 

One evening I was given a huge scare. Our car was the last in line. L.T. was driving. He was 
not quite 13. We looked up and saw a pick up truck coming the wrong way! Dad had L. T. to pull 
over as far as he could without getting off the gravel and stop the car. The pickup kept coming until 
it was very close, the driver leaned out and yelled, “Pull off the road, this is the U.S. Mail!" Dad 
rolled down his window and waved the red flag. The man yelled again, “1 don’t care if yu do have 
the red flag! This is the U.S. Mail. Pull over!” Dad stuck his head out his window and yelled louder 


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than I knew that he could. “I don’t care if its the U.S. FEMALE ; we’re not pulling over!" The truck 
pulled over and around us, but l sat there petrified. I was sure that the FBI, the U. S. Army, and 
the full power of the government would be taking us off to jail. I had never seen my Dad in a real 
confrontation, and at that time 1 didn’t know how tenacious he could be when he thought he was in 
the right. Later on Mom told me that it was Ed Wade who was throwing his authority around that 
day. and that he had come to Dad’s office to apologize. He had not known it was Dad until he was 
passing us. 

The 1937 flood was one of the top stories of the first half of the century and Mom kept a whole 
file of pictures which are still in my possession. 

All the eighth grade students in the county schools took the same final exam. There were essay 
questions so they were graded by a committee of teachers with Dad as the chairman. The exams were 
graded without the students names on them so that there could be little room for anyone to claim bias. 
L.T. was the top student in the class, and should have been the valedictorian speaker at graduation. 
Dad was so afraid that people would think that L.T. had cheated since he was the Superintendents 
son and the questions came from Dad’s office, he made the committee re-grade his exam, against 
the w ishes of the whole family and the committee. They submitted to Dad's authority and L. T. was 
the salutatorian. 1 think this was a turning point in L.T.’s life, because he became more and more 
rebellious during his high school years. 

Another event took place in the spring of 1938. The only playground equipment we had at 
Weaver Creek was a couple of swings. L. T. had one of them and the little Slankard girl asked if 
he would swing her since she couldn’t make the swing go as high as he could. He was making the 
swing go as high as he could pump it with her sitting between his feet. Somehow she lost her grip 
on the chains and fell off breaking her arm. It was the only broken bone I ever remember at Weaver 
Creek. L. T. was as sorry as anyone else and the girl assured him that it hadn't been his fault. Dad 
was greatly upset, and blamed L. T. for the accident. He said he was going to take L. T. up to the 
Slankard’s house and give him a good whipping in front of their family. My Mom stood up against 
Dad for the first time I could remember. She said, "No, Luther, you are not going to do that.” And 
that did not happen, but the injustice of Dad’s intentions burned in L. T. 

Since 1 was sweet on the little Slankard girl, I rode my bicycle the mile and a half to Hood’s 
corner where she lived nearly every day to see how she was doing. 

In the summer of 1938 one of the "barnstormers” who flew the old WWI type Steersman bi- 
planes w ith two seats came to Massac County. They were flying out of a big pasture west of town. 
The folks took us out so that L.T. and I could have the experience of flying in one of the planes that 
we had been reading so much about. We were both strapped in the front seat and taken up and around 
that part ot the county for about five minutes. We were thrilled. Two flights after ours one of the 


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wheels eame off on the rough ground take-off. The pilot flew around for a while, probably trying 
to get the gas tank as empty as possible. He landed on the one wheel, and when the wheel-less frame 
hit the ground the plane cart-wheeled. I remember the top wing being in Farmer's Chevrolet Garage 
for several years. No one was hurt in the crash, but it made our flight seem more venturesome. 

L.T. and I both had BB guns from about the time we were 8 or 9. We shot at lot of sparrows which 
were eating the chicken feed out of the feeders. Dad believed very strongly in lightning rods and had 
them installed on our house sometime around 1932 or 1933. They had pretty blue globes about 6 
inches in diameter as decorations. L. T. thought they made a neat sound when he shot them and the 
broken glass came tinkling down the roof. Needless to say Dad was not happy, so L. T. had to earn 
enough money to pay for new ones. 

For his 1 2th birthday he got a Stevens repeater .22 with a telescope sight. Soon after he got a .4 1 0 
shotgun. We both learned to hunt with those guns, and hunting became a very important recreation 
for us both. Later L. T. bought larger guns and he sold both of these to me. I still own the .22, but Ed 
May bought the .410 from me when I was in college and was financially hard pressed. 

The fall of 1938 school year brought Mr. May as our teacher. His name was George Wilburn 
May, and secretly we called him Gee Whiz. Mr. May was a good teacher, I know now, but at that time 
I didn't like him very much. He did some very innovative things. Fie had us write to the secretary 
of state, get the proper forms and set up our own Weaver Creek Corporation, just to show us how it 
could be done. He had us write Christmas stories and have them published in the County Paper. Since 
I was one if his prize pupils, he was very' hard on me. and seemed to demand a higher standard of 
behavior from me than he demanded of the other students, I thought he was unfair, and fairness and 
equal treatment have always been very important as far as I was concerned. 

1938 was another election year. Dad had several opponents in the Primary in April. They were 
David DeJamett, Wilburn Smith and George Schneeman. De.lamett and Smith were both in Dad's 
Sunday School class and were both good teachers and good friends. Both were ambitious and thought 
Dad was too disabled by the Parkinson to finish a four-year term. Schneeman was the high school 
coach and didn't even have a supervisory certificate. But he had a booth in one of the taverns in 
Metropolis, Brookport and Joppa. Fie bought enough influence to win the primary. But the voters 
were so sick of him by fall that they elected the first democrat in Massac County since the Civil War, 
Harry Wright. 

One of the exciting events of the summer of 1938 was a visit to Vivienne in Chicago. L. T. and 
1 spent a week with her. We had never been to that big city and were fascinated with the Brookfield 
Zoo which had Pandas, and thrilled to get to go to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs. 1938 was the Cubs 
greatest season, and we got to be a part of that. We were also for the first time impressed by the huge 
apartment building were Vivienne was living. We got to go to the beach of Lake Michigan. 


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Dad's term of office went through July 1939. He and Mom were worried about how they would 
make it financially with three kids still to get through high school. In the 1 930s their teachers pensions 
were very meager. 

L. T. and I tried to earn money during these years by doing various jobs around the community. 
Much of the time we worked for Mr. Adkins in his orchards or strawberry fields. Leonard Adkins was 
in L. TVs class. They would take the tractor and wagon and haul the peaches or apples to the packing 
shed. Later Gale and I would inherit that job. 

About this time 1 started making my spending money by mowing cemetery lots. The largest 
cemetery in the county was just across the road from our house. When people brought flowers to 
decorate their family graves at Easter, I would go talk to them. I w'ould contract to mow their lot all 
summer for $5.00. 1 mowed a lot of lots! 

One of the reasons I didn't like Mr. May very much was that he was a radical democrat. One of 
the customs of the Evers family was to go down to the farm where Aunt Cynthia Lippert lived for 
Thanksgiving dinner. Uncle Gus was then renting the farm that had belonged to Dad. Aunt Cynthia 
made the most delicious home-made bread. I could never understand why in the world she wanted 
Dad to bring her loaves of "light” bread from town. 

The year that Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving would be on the third Thursday of November. 
Mr. May did not have school that day. But Dad never dreamed that he would be having school on 
the "real” Thanksgiving Day. That was as sacred to Dad as anything. Harriett and I didn't tell Mom 
and Dad that Mr. May was having school, or they undoubtedly would have seen that we were there. 
They didn't find out until our report cards came and reported one day's absence from school. When 
we confessed, Dad just grinned at us. 

One of the things that Mr. May did was confirm my love of history. He is still alive and close to 
90 now. He has written two books on the history of Massac County, and was instrumental in getting 
a pictorial history of the county published. In recent years I have visited him at his farm home where 
he has a log study. He keeps a copy of my history, and I keep a copy of his. We have shared our love 
for history at the Fort Massac annual encampment. 

Since Dad was to go out of office before Harriett and I would start the eighth grade, and we would 
be the only children in the family who would not receive a diploma signed by Dad as superintendent 
on graduation day. Mom decided to remedy that. During the summer of 1939 she had us take the 
eighth grade exam. We both passed the exam with ease, and she issued us the cherished diplomas. 

Harriett had been in the Brownie troop, and then the Girl Scouts, but I was never invited to join a 
boy scout troop and did not take the initiative to be one. I did belong to the Open Road for Boys, which 
was an organization from the Magazine by that name. Mom always subscribed for me. I earned several 
badges tor the outdoor accomplishments assigned. I never kept any of the magazines, but I still have 


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my membership certificate. 

About this time L. T. and I decided to make a keepsake hat of our own design. We took one of 
Dad's old felt hats, cut off all the brim except for a "bill.’' Then we pinned on all sorts of campaign 
buttons, attendance pins, secret decoder badges etc. Kevin has it now. 

In the fall of 1939, Metropolis celebrated the centennial of the city. There were all kinds of 
parades and celebrations and contests. One of the contests was an ice cream eating contest. I was up 
close to the stage where things were being conducted and managed to get into the contest. We were 
all given a pint of chocolate ice cream in a round container. We were to push up the bottom until the 
ice cream stood out. and with no spoon eat it as fast as we could. I finished first, won the dollar first 
prize, and proudly walked off; but my mouth, teeth and throat were numb for the rest of the day! 
I went down that afternoon and deposited the dollar in the City National Bank in my own Savings 
Account. 

I had read lots of stories about WWI. All of them made heroes of all branches of our American 
military. I was especially fond of stories about our fighter pilots. Since WWI1 had started and the 
news was that German forces were rolling toward France. 1 was sure that the AEF [WWI term for 
Allied Expiditionary Force, American forces] would be over there any time and settle the German's 
hash before they got to Paris just as they had only 20 years before. How little I knew! 

Harriett and I graduated in April of 1940 from Weaver Creek.. Dad asked us if we would like to 
go to Central School to meet the youngsters we would be going to High School with in the fall. We 
both thought that would be neat. So we were back in school for another six weeks, and at the end of 
that time we got our third graduation certificate from grade school. 

There was one teacher there to whom I took an early dislike. That was Miss Williamson. She 
was our home room teacher. The first week we had some sort of grammar test. Harriett made an A 
and I made a C. Williamson made a comment about it in front of the class. 1 said that I wasn't very 
good at grammar. She said sarcastically, "What are you good at?" I thought that was uncalled for, 
and it caused me a great deal of satisfaction when the gossip spread around town that one of the local 

farmers had to pull Mr. _’s Cadillac out of the mud where it got stuck with the banker and Miss 

Williamson where they had been making out. 

I had bought a cap at a bargain. It was like a filling station attendants hat with a wire in the 
octagon shaped crown and a patent leather bill. One day it was very w indy, my hat blew off and rolled 
across the school ground with me in hot pursuit. I finally caught up with it and skidded to a halt, 
falling down right at Anna Lee’s feet. I was really embarrassed and all the girls were laughing at me. 
She was the tallest girl in school, and I was one of the scrawniest boys. 

Mom bought me a nice dress-hat that summer. She said I should hang it up at the church, then I 
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This reminds me of one of my favorite stories from my childhood years. Dad had always 
shaved with a straight razor. He had used the razor strop for more than just a sharpener! When he 
began to tremble with his Parkinson, he started going to the barber shop which was in the next 
building north of the Armstrong Building where his Co. Supt. office was. One day as he was returning 
from his morning shave, he met Rev. Etter. the Baptist preacher right in front of Mr. Sturgis’ office, 
who was a J. P., and a "hard shell” Baptist. Mr. Sturgis was in his usual position, in his chair with 
it leaned against the front wall by his door. Dad said, '1 wonder if you men could tell me how a 
Methodist would go about getting into the Baptist Church.” Well, they fell on him like a dog on fresh 
meat. They told him he would have to "put in his experience” and be voted on by the congregation. 
That he would have to be baptized by immersion by a Southern Baptist preacher, Mr. Sturgis added, 
"And you will have to quit taking communion with every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the country.” 
They were eager to have such a distinguished convert. It would be quite a trophy! When they had 
finished. Dad said. "Well. I’ve been wondering how a Methodist like me could get into the Baptist 
Church. 1 left my hat over there last night.” Brother Etter laughed about it and would mention it 
to any of the Evers kids for years how Luther had really pulled one on him. But Mr. Sturgis didn't 
see the humor, and would hardly speak to Dad for weeks. 1 can't remember the year - probably 1939 
or 1940 — I know it was after Mom got her new Westinghouse electric stove to replace a kerosene 
stove we had been using after getting rid of the old wood and coal burning cast-iron range. I had 
been cooking breakfast for several years, had graduated to baking pie shells and doing lemon pies; 
so I decided to expand my experiences with cooking. I would make a cake to enter it in the Fanners' 
Institute. Massac County's Fall Festival, as close to a county fair as Massac County had. I studied the 
Westinghouse cookbook and picked out one that sounded good to me: a raised chocolate cake. Mom 
said I had picked out the most difficult recipe in the whole book. Undeterred, I made it, entered it in 
the competition and won second place. 

METROPOLIS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL 

During the summer of 1940 Vemie Barnett’s family moved into the house just north of Leland 
Shelton. Vemie was to become my best friend for the next nine years. Gale began to hang out with 
the richer kids in school and we drifted apart. Vemie and I were about the same size. When I entered 
High School I was 5 ’2” and weighed 83 pounds. 

The opening assembly the first day of school was in the study hall-assembly room. We were 
assigned to seats, two to a seat. Whoever picked the seat mates had assumed that "Vemie” was a girls 
name and had assigned him to sit with Pawnee Payne, the biggest girl in the entire school even as 
a freshman. 5‘10” and well over 200 pounds. This made Vemie notorious, even though the seating 
arrangement was changed. He was elected President of the class and was reelected all four years. 

Vemie belonged to the Upper Salem Methodist Church, which was very close to Round Knob, 


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five miles north of Metropolis. Since there was not enough youth there to have a Youth Fellowship, 
he began to attend our MYF and Church on Sunday evenings. Upper Salem was on the Joppa Charge 
with Oak Grove. Vemie often participated with the kids at Joppa who included Max Martin, the son 
of Rev. Ruth Martin, the pastor and one of only two women pastors in our conference when we were 
in High School. At this time I still thought I was going to be a Baptist preacher, but we had ceased 
going to the Baptist Church because our interest was in the Methodist Sunday School and the MYF. 
In 1938-1939 we began to attend Junior Epworth League, which after the union in 1939 became the 
MYF. Then in High School we were in the MYF. The youth also had a Gospel Band that met on 
Thursday evening. I thought they played instruments, so I did not attend for several months until I 
found it was just an old-fashioned Methodist class meeting, with singing, prayer and testimony. 

Our program for most of High School was to attend Sunday School and Church on Sunday 
morning, MYF and Church on Sunday evening. Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evening and Gospel 
Band on Thursday. Tuesdays and Fridays were basketball nights all winter. 

At the country schools where Vemie and I went to school there was no basketball goals, so by 
the time we got to high school the boys who were interested had already been playing for four or five 


THIS photo was made as the family gathered for Harriette's wedding. 
Harriett, Joe, and Nellie are seated, and standing are Francie, Paul. Helen. L. T., 
Stelsa, Rolland, and Vivienne. 


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years. There was no way we could make the team. We put our efforts in other directions. Vernie was 
in the ag department and FFA. I sang in the chorus and took Latin. Vernie had not yet felt his call to 
preach. I knew that I was headed for college but Vernie had not reached that same point yet. 

L.T. and I belonged to the 4H club. While he was still at home our project for 4-H was our 
chickens. When he joined the navy 1 had bees for a project. I was the only boy in the county who 
made a project out of harvesting honey. I had fantasies of owning hundreds of hives of bees and 
getting rich off their work. But that took capital, 1 never really tried to expand my two hives. 

We usually got all male chickens to sell, but the persons who judged the sex would probably 
have an error rate of 3 or 4%, so we would keep the females to add to our hen house. We always got 
enough eggs for our family. Sometimes one of the hens would steal off and make a brooding nest, 
and return after three weeks with 8 to 15 new chicks. Once, during the early years of the war, our 
egg production fell off to practically nothing over night. We discovered that a thief had ‘‘culled” our 
flock and had taken only the best layers. We nearly always raised barred rock chickens. A couple of 
years we had Rhode Island Reds. 

The coal shed was used for that purpose as long as we had the old coal-buming, pot-bellied stove 
in the living room. After the furnace was installed we kept the coal in the basement and the coal 
house became our brooder house. 

The wash house side was used for two purposes. I would build a fire in the little flat top stove, 
put the big copper kettle on full of water, and it was one of my jobs to do the washing. We had a 
Maytag wringer washer, and a bench that would hold two big galvanized wash tubs to do rinses. 
Dad had built a clothes line in the yard south of the well and flower garden. It was two railroad ties 
set in the ground with a crossarm at the top of each. The ties were 60 feet apart, with three strands 
of #9 wire.. I have washed and hung out to dry enough clothes and bedclothes to hang all three wires 
double many a time. 

Another job that usually fell to me was that of boiling the canned fruit and vegetables that we 
“cold packed” for the winter. We generally had a pretty good sized garden, and we always canned 
peaches. Since L. T. and 1 often worked in the “packing shed” for Mr. Adkins, we had the privilege 
of buy ing the over-ripes from the “facers” (the biggest and best looking peaches of the crop that 
were put on the top of the basket and decorated with slivers of brightly colored paper for the 
market.) Many times when we were preparing them, eight halves would fill a quart jar. The over- 
ripes were too ripe to ship, but they were perfect for eating and canning. When the jars were filled 
and seven quarts were in the boiler, I would fill the pan up to the neck of the jars and boil them for 
a half hour. Store bought peaches just cannot compare with the product that we produced. We also 
canned a lot of com and green beans. 

My freshman year the 4-H Club had a costume party. My family thought I should go as a girl. 


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since I was so slim. They dressed me up in hose, dress, hat, scarf, lip stick, and no glasses. No one 
had ever seen me without glasses. Some of the guys were convinced that some body had sneaked 
a girl into the club meeting. It was quite a coup for me. I sat demurely with mv knees properly 
together without speaking until the judging was over. I won the prize; 1 believe it was candy of some 
sort. The Bremer boys in whose house we were meeting talked about it time after time for man) 


years. 



BROTHERS AND SISTERS are James Paul Evers, (Mary) Frances 
Evers Shelton, Stelsa (Ethel) Evers Bryant, Helen (Ann) Evers DeVita, Vivienne 
May Evers, and (Daniel) Rolland Evers. In the smaller picture on top are Rolland 
Evers, Vivienne Evers, Frances Shelton, Nellie Trovillion Evers, Paul Evers. Har- 
riette Weaver, Joe Evers, and Stelsa Bryant The smaller photo was made during 
the early 1960s, and the larger photo was two decades earlier 




William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

Dr. Joseph C. Evers (1926- ) 


Ch. 8 



The Rest of the Story 


(EDITOR ’S NOTE: In the previous chapter, the Rev. Joseph C. Evers told about 
his life and experiences up through high school. In 2009, he provided the Jest of the 
story ” that follows here.) 


By Dr. Joseph C. Ewers 

W hen 1 was a teenager countless people kept telling me that these were the 
"best years of your life.” My thought at the time was, "Good grief! Why 
don’t 1 just end it all right now?” I had so many hard times, heartaches, 
hang ups, psychological problems, and severe acne that l just couldn’t imagine any sane 
adult saying that, f vowed never to say that to any other teenager. 

In spite of all that I suppose I had a "normal” time of it. I sang in the chorus, had 
major parts in both junior and senior class plays. I graduated fifth in the 52 member class 
of 1944. 1 was one of four members of the class to pass the exam for naval officer training, 
but when they examined my eyes 1 was not accepted. 


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When a junior I did not have a date for the Junior-Senior Banquet (now known as 
the prom). But when we were seniors Vemie had a steady date who was a freshman. He 
wanted me to get a date to go with them. I had only one date up to that time, and said that 
I was sure that the girl I would like to take would not accept me as a date. I had a crush on 
Anna Lee Armstrong, but she was dating a college guy. so I didn't think I stood a chance. 
Vemie said I should ask her. I did. and she accepted!! That was the beginning of our four- 
year courtship. 

Vemie Barnett and I met with the District Superintendent at a Quarterly Conference 
at the First Methodist Church in Metropolis some time in the first part of 1944. He asked 
us where we were going to college. We said probably to McKendree, our Southern Illinois 
Conference College. He said they were having one of their periodic fights, and why don't 
you go to Carbondale and preach in the Harrisburg District. That sounded like a winner 
to us, so in September we drove to Carbondale in Vemie's 1936 Ford and registered. You 
have to know that I started college with $40 and faith. I worked as a night watchman on the 
campus for the first month. Then at Annual Conference of the Southern Illinois Conference 
I was appointed to the Harrisburg Circuit, Oct. 1, 1944, beginning the many years as a 
pastor. Boy was I ever green. I only lasted there one year. 

The next two years 1 was pastor on the Eddyville Circuit, a 45 mile long string of 
churches from Pleasant Ridge to Temple Hill. Over the course of two years my charge 
included six churches. Paul Brown, my DS, couldn't understand why I was not taking in 
members hand over fist in those postwar church boom years. When I told him there were 
empty houses on every hilltop in Pope County, he couldn’t believe me, telling me that 
people couldn’t find a house in Harrisburg. It was 15 years later when the demographic 
stats demonstrated the truth of what I said. In 1900 there were 16,000 people in Pope 
County, with 50 rural schools full of children; in 1940 there were 8,000. In 1950 there were 
4,000. And in 1960 there were 2,500. 

My senior year was spent in the Mt. Moriah-Lone Oak charge. 

As a history major I wrote my dissertation on “The History of Slavery in Southern 
Illinois." 

My Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded by Governor Green. The class was 1948. 
the first class to graduate under the full university status. Through 1947 it was Southern 
Illinois Normal. 

Anna Lee and I were married on Aug. 25. 1948. in First Methodist Church. Metropolis, 

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I went in June to the Kent charge (four churches) in the Bloomington District ol the 
Indiana Conference. I began seminary at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore. Ky, in September 
1948 and graduated in August of 1950. This was about a 3 hour road trip. By taking 18 
hours most quarters, reading courses during Christmas "vacation,'' and two summer terms 


(which I had sworn that I would never do) I finished the three year program in two calendar 
years. I was in a hurry. 

DECADE OF THE ’50s 
PASTOR AND GRADUATE STUDENT 

June of 1950 found me as a full member to the conference appointed to Mill Shoals. 
Springerton and Asbury Chapel, the lowest paid seminary graduate in the conference, at 
$2,200. We had three very successful years there and made life long friends. At the end of 
three years the charge was paying $3,300 and the DS was going to appoint me to another 
three-point charge paying $2,500. Anna Lee and 1 decided I should go back to school to 
prepare ourselves for missionary work in Africa, to which we both felt called. I was the 
first pastor at Mill Shoals to have a telephone. It was on a 1 7-party line. Needless to say we 
never ever discussed personal or church business on that line! We drove to Fairfield and 
called the only District Superintendent in New England who answered our letter asking 
about the possibility of a student appointment. The call was made from the home of one 
of our church members who still attended at Mill Shoals. The DS showed no interest, 
thinking I was a student at Boston. When it dawned on him that I was calling from Illinois 
he became very animated and assured me that I would have a church. They appointed me 
to Maplewood, Malden. MA. which had never been a student appointment before. 

1 drove our '49 Chevy with a U-Haul trailer to Malden, with a ton (according to the 
scales at Metropolis) arriving safely on a Thursday. Anna Lee was pregnant with Mark, 
and since she had two previous miscarriages, the Young Adult Sunday School class at Mill 
Shoals had insisted she fly instead of taking that long automobile trip. They paid for her 
ticket and I met her at the Logan Airport, Boston, on the following Monday. 

1 did not go to Boston University that first semester because of our pregnancy. Mark 
was bom Sept. 8, 1953. My graduate education began with the Spring semester 1954. 
I had registered for a Master of Sacred Theology degree. At that time seminaries were 
awarding BD degrees for seminary grads, so an STM was graduate work. After I had taken 
thirty hours at BUST, I decided to apply for Ph.D. candidacy. My major professor tried to 
discourage me, saying that he didn’t think I could do it. I took the qualifying exam, scored 
very high and was admitted to Ph.D. candidacy in 1955. 

One of the prime adventures and joyful experiences of this decade was a trip to 
General Conference in Minneapolis. Gene Thompson, from Birmingham Southern, another 
Methodist School, and Vanderbilt Seminary, a fellow student in BUST in the Masters 
program. Bob Sanders, from Texas Western, and SMU's Perkins Seminary, also in the STM 
program, and 1 decided to go the General Conference. Gene had a new 55 Ford. Bob and 
I said we would furnish all the gas and oil if Gene would drive. I called one of my Asbury 
Seminary classmates who lived in Minneapolis to see if he could find us a place to stay. 
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where we could stay for free. We drove straight through from Boston. We ate with every 
DS we could talk with. Gene and Bob both got appointments. Gene in Virginia and Bob 
back in Texas. We stayed from Monday night to Friday. I spent $26! This was the General 
Conference that voted to ordain women and receive them as full members of Conference. 

Since we had driven from Cleveland to Chicago on the way to Gen. Con. we decided 
to go back north of the lakes through Canada. The first night there was a magnificent 
display of the '"northern lights.'’ Neither of the southern boys had ever seen such a thing, 
so I got to drive while they watched. 

Our second child. Dan, was bom July 4, 1956. Our Dr. Portman said he had delivered 
lots of siblings and several twins but he had never delivered two boys that looked exactly 
alike. 

During the next winter Anna Lee developed severe rheumatoid arthritis, making it 
almost impossible for her to climb the stairs. This was a disability that our mission board 
would not pass. By this time I had made the decision to write my dissertation on "The 
History of the Southern Illinois Conference of The Methodist Church." We decided to 
return to Illinois. 

Jerry Weiss, another southern Illinois boy. and I drove down to meet his father who 
was attending the Mid- Winter Seminar of the College of Christian Life in New York. It 
gave me an opportunity to see all of the S. III. DS's at one time. I informed them that 1 
would be returning to the conference and informed them that I graduated from seminary 
in 1950 the year that most of the young fellows returning from school had graduated from 
high school. I didn’t think I should have to take an appointment on the same level that those 
fresh out of seminary would be receiving. They assured me that I would be well taken care 
of. So much for their solemn promises! 

When conference came 1 was to be appointed to Clay City, salary level the same as 
the class of 1957. We considered going to Central Illinois, but Anna Lee wanted to go to 
Clay City because her closest friend and Asbury roommate. Jean Martin was in Flora, just 
seven miles away. Our third child, Jane Ann, was bom in March 1958 in the hospital in 
Olney. 

So here I was 100 miles away from McKendree where I would be doing much of 
the research for my dissertation and having to drive over there weekly. I was supposed to 
finish all the work for my Ph.D. in 1960. My major professor said 1 would be dropped from 
candidacy if I didn't get it finished. 

In April of 1960, I went to Denver to General Conference with Max Martin and Jim 
Nettleton. We stayed for free at the house of Max's cousin. I attended the BU Alumni 
dinner. President Case was there, so I went to ask him to intervene with my major professor 
who just did not understand all the impediments that a busy pastor had in completing all 
the work in just five years. Pretty soon I got a letter from my professor saying he was sorty 


and said he would give me another chance. I finally got all the work done and earned the 
first Ph.D. of any pastor in Southern Illinois Conference history. Our family took a vacation 
and drove to Boston for the graduation ceremony in the Boston Garden, where I had seen 
many Celtic games. 

In June 1960 I was appointed to Epworth, Belleville. Several of my Camp Meeting 
friends warned me about that church and said that I should not go there. But after much 
prayer we felt good about the appointment and had five good years. 

DECADE OF THE ’60s 

SOME OF MY BETTER ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

It was in the fall of 1 96 1 that I discovered my name listed as the stand-by for Charles 
Chadwell who was scheduled to preach the memorial sermon at Annual Conference in 
1962. 1 was used to doing research in the Journals, so I looked back and the stand-by always 
preached the next year. I pointed this out to Charley, and he was very upset, saying, “They 
wouldn't do that to me again!" (He had preached it 5 or 6 years previous.) The next day I 
began a file for the sermon I would preach at Annual Conference in 1963. I looked on it 
as a great honor, and looked forward to the opportunity to speak my deepest convictions 
before the Conference. 

It was interesting how this became a turning point in how I was viewed in the 
conference. Up to this point the hierarchy viewed me as an Asburyian and my old Camp 
Meeting friends didn't quite know what to think about me being an Asburyian who had 
gone to Boston University. My cosmopolitan education - eight years in a one-room country 
school, high school in a small town, college in a state university, seminary in the most 
conservative, evangelical, Wesleyan, independent seminary, and graduate school in the 
most liberal Methodist School of Theology - has always been a source of great pride to me. 
But it was a puzzle to a lot of people who didn’t know me well. 

I did a lot of praying that God would use the sermon for the glory of God and the 
blessing of the Conference. I wrote to many of the praying people in my former parishes 
to pray with me. 

When 1 went to Annual Conference in Mt. Vernon that year, Anna Lee went with me. 
We stopped for lunch and John Amsbury came up to our table and said they were going to 
campaign to elect me to General Conference. I said fat chance! 

The sermon went very well. I preached with great liberty. Aldersgate Year was 1963 
tor The Methodist Church - the 245 th anniversary of John Wesley's Aldersgate heart- 
warming experience. We were to study Ephesians that year. The title of my sermon was 
“Ambassadors from Aldersgate.” To my amazement, and to the amazement of most of the 
Annual Conterence, I was elected on the second ballot. I was only the second pastor of a 
local church to be elected to General Conference from our conference since 1939. I was 
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job or been the pastor of a "big' church. All previous delegates had been either District 
Superintendents. College Presidents, or former District Superintendents. It was a shock to 
Bishop Voigt also. He had not included me that year in a select list of young men he had 
invited to a special dinner the night before conference was to begin to tell them they were 
the future leaders of the conference and that they could either tight each other or they could 
make a pact w ith each other to get along and promote the w elfare of the conference. Max 
Martin was one of the chosen and told me all about it. I did not find out for several years 
what Bishop Voigt said to our visiting Bishop that year on how shocked and disappointed 
he was that Joe Evers had been elected instead of some of his chosen ones. 1 w as told 
later by friends that my sermon had gotten me the election. It was one of the thrills of a 
lifetime. Anna Lee and I drove to Pittsburg w ith the Lay Leader of the Conference, Everett 
Thompson, and had a wonderful time. 

In one of the business sessions of the conference I had to go to the men's room. When 
I got back to my seat Clyde Funkhouser, the DS seated next to me said that 1 been elected 
to something, he didn't hear w hat it was. I had to read about it in the next mornings "Daih 
Advocate." I had been elected to the "Board of the Association of Methodist Historical 


THE REV Joseph C. Evers with sons Dan , Mark, and Kevin. 



Societies.” Since I had been elected to one of the “General Agencies” the Jurisdictional 
delegates asked me to serve on the Jurisdictional committee on nominations and see if! 
could get any of them on a General Agency of some sort. I tried to get Hubert Hurley on 
the Lay Activities Board or Clyde Funkhouser on the educational committee, but they were 
out-voted by people from Ohio and North Dakota. I was finally successful in getting Mrs. 
Davis on the Board of Missions. This experience taught me how I got my job. In 1964 
the Board of Bishops did more than half of the nominations. Bishop Voigt had struggled 
valiantly to get a position for Hubert or Clyde without success. Then the secretary said they 
needed a clergy member for the Board of the Association of Methodist Historical Societies,” 
He said he had a young man in Southern Illinois Conference that just got a Ph.D. in Church 
History from Boston University. Before he could even tell them my name they all agreed, 
and Voigt got one of the three positions assigned to Southern Illinois. At Unification in 
1968 the Board became the Commission on Archives and History and I was continued until 
1972. Then I was elected President of the North Central Jurisdiction Commission which 
put me back on the national commission until 1976. It was an honor and a high privilege to 
travel all over the country for those 12 years. Bishop Slater, President of the Commission, 
wanted us to meet in his Area at least once. We met in San Antonio in April 1 972. 

All the clergy members of the Commission were assigned to preach in one of the 
big churches in the city. Texas churches nearly all have weekly newspapers, standard 
newspaper size. The church I w 7 as to preach had my picture featured on the front page. 
After the morning worship a lady came by to speak to me. It was none other than my first 
grade teacher. Miss Edna. We had a great conversation. I hadn't seen her since I was in the 
fourth grade! 

In March of 1964 I was reading in my study at Epworth when I received a phone 
call from the dean of Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. He said I had been 
recommended by Dr. Harold Kuhn (my teacher at Asbury) to teach church history in their 
seminary; and had I ever considered teaching in a seminar}'. I said it had been my ambition 
for many years. Would I be interested enough to come to Ashland for an interview? I 
flew to Ashland on a DCS on a windy March day, so rough that the stewardess could not 
walk down the isle. I w 7 as terribly sick and had to use the barf bag for the first time on a 
commercial flight. The committee liked me and I liked Ashland. They sent me a contract 
w'hich I carried around in my pocket for several weeks. 

Trying to make up my mind was difficult. I prayed and prayed. Anna Lee told me 
later that she prayed until she was convinced that 1 should not go, but she w'as still urging 
me to go. 

While carrying the contract one morning and trying to decide what to do, 1 got a call 
from our former Bishop Charles Brashares. He said, “Joe, this is Charley Brashares.” I 
said, “Bishop, how are you?” He said that he had just gotten home from a meeting of the 


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Board of Evangelism. He said that a wealthy Texas oil man was ready to endow chairs 
of evangelism in every one of our Methodist Seminaries. He said that many on the board 
were of the opinion that we had spent enough time on methods of evangelism and what 
they would be looking for were men who had the spirit of evangelism, and he thought of 
me. I still consider that one of the highest complements I have ever been given. He said he 
had wanted to "do something for you" when he and his cabinet were making appointments, 
but the right opportunity had never worked out. I told him I had a contract in my pocket 
to teach at Ashland. He said not to do anything until he saw me at General Conference. 
When I saw him at General Conference he was delightfLilly vague about the matter. Up to 
that time Boston was the only Seminary that had a professor of evangelism, and that was 
my teacher. Alan Walker of Australia, the chairman of Evangelism for the World Methodist 
Council. The truth of the matter was that the Methodist seminaries were not about to let 
a "wealthy Texas oil man” tell them what they should be doing or who could be on their 
faculties. I had already told Ashland that 1 would not be accepting their offer. 

1964 also brought me an offer to teach in a college in Rhode Island, which I did not 
accept. 

Also in 1964 my dissertation was published by Parthenon (the manufacturing division 
of The Methodist Publishing House.) When I came back from Boston I was put on the 
Historical Society. They wanted to publish my dissertation. I said here is the manuscript. 
Just never hold me financially responsible in any way. They said not to worry they w'ould 
sell the books. My experience had been that local histories do not sell, and they should 
plan on being cautious. It was going to cost $2,900 for a 1,000 copies. We were planning 
on selling them for $3 each, and 2,000 copies would only cost $,3500. I said they would 
never sell that many. I could not dissuade them. They ordered 2.000. At the 1964 annual 
conference when they had the maximum publicity, and I was there to sign them, we sold 
less than 100. The Historical Society was burdened with debt for 10 years. When I traveled 
those first years they paid me off with books. I have carried several cases wherever I have 
lived ever since. I still have two cases, 66 books to the case, in my garage in Quincy ! 

Bishop Voigt asked me to go to the Rocky Mountain Conference where Bishop Phillips 
would appoint me to a $9,000 church. I was making $5,600 at Epworth. Voigt said that it 
I went out there and established my self that I could replace life's church history professor 
who was near retirement age. I looked in the General Minutes. The Rocky Mountain 
Conference included the whole states of Montana. Wy oming, Colorado, Utah, and a piece 
of Nevada as big as Massachusetts which was a three point charge. Wyoming w as a district 
with 13 churches. Utah had 12, and eight of those were in Salt Lake City. By this time 1 
knew a little bit more about how people got on the faculties of our seminaries. 1 also didn t 
think I would be happy in such geographical isolation. I declined. Both Mark and Dan were 
disappointed. They could just imagine all the outdoor fun we could have in that area. 


Clyde Funkhouser. my DS. asked me to attend a seminar in East St. Louis at SIU. It 
was a seminar on the problems in that troubled city. Jimmy Simms attended with me. Little 
did I know that Clyde was preparing me to move to East St. Louis in 1965. 1 was assigned 
to St. Paul. 

The previous pastor had reported an average of over 100 in Sunday School. When the 
church secretary checked the records for me there was never a single Sunday, even Easter, 
with as many as 100 in attendance. At our charge conference the first year Clyde sat at our 
table and said that it was not the church he thought he was appointing me to. 

The first month we were in East St. Louis the chairman of E. St. Louis, Inc. (a SIU 
agency working on the problems of E. St. Louis.) and asked me to chair their committee 
on education. My acceptance led to many involvements in the city. I was a part of CAPS 
(Citizens Association for the Public Schools.) 

In the spring of 1967 I was one of those chosen to go to Seattle for the Mission to the 
Northwest, an area which has the lowest percentage of church members in the nation. My 
host pastor chose me out of the list of those who were coming in from all over the country 
because he saw that I had a Ph.D. from Boston, and assumed that I was a flaming Liberal 
like himself. Surprise! When I gave "altar calls'’ it scared him mightily, but his people 
responded well. He said that I was just the kind of preacher that their bishop was looking 
for and would I be interested in talking to his DS. I said why not. We went in to downtown 
Seattle to the Methodist offices. Joe Harding was the DS and I had met him in Southern 
Illinois. At our evangelistic convention and at the General Conference. We talked for a 
while, he was interested and finally asked if I would like to talk to Bishop Palmer. I said OK 
so he picked up the phone spoke to Bishop Palmer and said come on. We walked down the 
hall to the Bishop’s office. He introduced me to the Bishop and said I might be interested 
in moving to his area. Pretty soon he remembered conversations he had with Bishop Voigt 
and said I was the one the fuss was all about at conference in 1963. To shorten the story 
they offered to appoint me to Woodenville, a small town about 15 miles north of Seattle. 
It would have been a sizeable raise in salary and they assured me that Woodenville was on 
the edge of a big boom. A 400 unit subdivision w as been planned only a half mile from the 
church. WTien I got home we talked and prayed until I was sure that I should not go. That 
w inter Boeing laid off 5,000 workers, the subdivision was never built, and the Woodenville 
church still has about the same number of members as in 1967. 

CAPS w'as going to disband in the winter of 1967-68. All the founding members 
were either retired, sick of the fight, or moving out of East St. Louis. They offered to give 
their remaining funds to help finance my campaign if I decided to run for the school board. 
Anna Lee didn't want me to run. (She was a teacher in that district.) 

You have to know that it was one of the most troubled school districts in the nation. 
The last grand jury investigation was the loss of $600,000. They just couldn't find it! The 


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night before the account books were to appear in the circuit court, the board of education 
building burned. Before that they had revealed that teachers were having to pay precinct 
committeemen $500 to get teaching jobs. 

The teachers union decided to run a slate of candidates to try to help clean up the 
mess. They wanted to interview me. They were afraid I would run against them. The first 
question they asked me was why Anna Lee was not a member of the teachers union. I told 
them she thought the union was unprofessional, that she was from an old line Republican 
family and that she would never join the union. She was teaching in the school in French 
Village. 1 also told them that if 1 were a teacher and had to deal with Hast St. Louis politics 
I would want as strong a union as possible. They liked my answers and agreed to put me 
on their ticket. We were going to run on a “new age" slate. Adams. Gerigosian. and Evers. 
Mis. Geragosian fouled up the order by standing in line, or one of her family or friends 
standing in line for 10 days in order to be first on the ballot. They put Adams (a black man) 


THE REV JOSEPH C EVERS FAMILY are (first row) Chole Evers, Chris- 
topher Evers, Kaleb Birdsell , Kyle Evers, and Chad Evers (in front of Justin), 
(second row) Kalyssa Birdsell, Karmen Evers Birdsell, Carla Scholobohm Evers, 
Karen Evers, Joe Evers, Justin Evers, Mary Evers, Jareth Evers, (third row) Doug 
Birdsell, Kevin Evers, Jane Evers Comeau, Dan Evers, Danny Comeau, and 
Mark Evers. 


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second and me third. I have always been proud that in East St. Louis, when Mayor Alvin 
Fields was the second most powerful Democrat in Illinois right after Richard Dailey of 
Chicago, that I was the leading vote-getter in a field of 19 candidates, many of them the 
old-time politicians. There were many disappointing things in my term of service but many 
good moments as well. 

My children in the four years we were in East St. Louis started one year at the regular 
starting time. The other three years the teachers were on strike. The fall of 1968 was 
a particularly bitter time. The teachers union hired one of the brilliant but unscrupulous 
lawyers to do their negotiating. They had about a hundred black citizens occupy the Board 
of Education Building. I had been in Mt. Vernon for Conference business. I came to the 
building late for a meeting that had been especially called. At first the ones in charge of the 
occupation were not going to let me in. but I insisted. I had to walk up the stairs which were 
filled with angry black people. Mine was the only vote on the Board against the surrender 
to such a mob. 

Nothing was ever voted or recorded in our official business but when school resumed 
we were 40 teachers short of having a full staff. Many teachers had retired, moved away 
from East St. Louis, or quit in disgust at the way things had been going. Our assistant 
Superintendent of District 189 w ent to Mississippi and bought 40 teachers for us. The kind 
of teachers who w ill run out of a contract in a school district to teach in East St. Louis, just 
might be a few fries short of a Happy Meal! 

Jane Ann's fifth grade class got one of the worst of them. We thought we might be 
in trouble w hen Anna Lee asked on Thursday night if she wanted help with her spelling 
w'ords. She said they weren't having spelling. We thought Oh, well, what does a fifth- 
grader know. The next Thursday the same thing. She said, "I told you we were not having 
spelling. Our teacher doesn’t like spelling and we are not having it!" When the supervisor 
visited Anna Lee's room at the school in French Village she asked her what was going on 
in Jane Ann’s class. She said she didn’t know but it wasn't education! 

Finally, just before Thanksgiving, I went to see the Principal of Lansdown and asked 
him about what was going on. He said, well he had been intending to get up there. He w'as 
in his last year of a long life, and illustrious career as a school man and he w as not going to 
have it spoiled by unpleasantness his last year. 

At the Board of Education meeting the first part of December 1 968, 1 told the Assistant 
Superintendent in charge of personnel that something had to be done about Jane Ann's 
teacher and that if they were not willing to remove him from the classroom, I was going 
public with the matter. They made her teacher a floating teacher for the junior high's, which 
really meant he was a floating substitute going wherever they needed him. During the 
Christmas break, they found a fresh black graduate of SIU who was assigned to Jane Ann’s 
classroom, and he did a tremendous job in bringing the class up to speed. 


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Meantime my relationship with DS Travelstead and Bishop Webb were going through 
rough times. They were making decisions about the churches in East St. Louis from 
Lebanon and Springfield without consulting the folks in East St. Louis. It came to a head 
when Jack refused for the third time to let John Tunstall build a new church for the Weslev- 
Bethel eongregation. John already had authority from the Central- West Conference of the 
Central Jurisdiction to build the new church before Wesley-Bethel was taken in as the 
only black Methodist congregation in the Southern Illinois Conference. Ernie Teagle and 
I met with John in the old downtown Holiday Inn and said if he wanted to get the project 
done he should take a bus load of demonstrators to Carbondale and march on the annual 
conferenee. He did that. The next day Webb called me into the study at First Chureh and 
told me I had to start cooperating with my DS. I stopped him right there and challenged him 
to bring one person in the room who would tell him one time when I had not cooperated. 
He said, ''Well. They tell me...” I stopped him right there and said. “Bishop, do you know 
what the best thing you could do for our Conference?” “What?” he said. I said, “Bum that 
little black book!” “What little black book?” he asked. Then I told him, “That little black 
book that Bishop Voigt left you with all that gossip in it.” He said Bishop Voigt hadn't left 
a little black book. I said, “Well, you have one! And when Bishop Voigt called me up to 
Springfield to buy me lunch at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, he got out his little blaek book 
and said, ‘Joe, I don't want you to answer me, I just want you to hear what thev sav about 
you. And that is a direct quote!” I happened to know that Webb had gotten his little black 
book out and read to one of my best friends the day before. 

I never dreamed in my younger days that I would ever stand face to face with a 
Bishop and point my finger right at his nose and have to have that sort of conversation. The 
exact wording of which is burned in my memory. 

In April of 1969, the Administration of District 189 presented the list of the teachers 
who were to be re-hired and Jane Ann's old teacher's name was on the list. I asked “Why?" 
He had proved that he could not teach and had been removed and as a sort of courtesy was 
allowed to be a floating teacher the rest of the year, so w hy should we rehire him?" They 
said they thought they would have trouble with the union if he was not re-hired. I said. So. 
let's have trouble with the union! I could not get a single administrator or board member 
to agree with me. In disgust, deciding that I could not make a difference in District 189. I 
sat dowm and wrote my District Superintendent a letter asking to be transferred to another 
church. 

My friend Jack Adams, who I played golf with regularly, was moving from St. Paul 
Church, East Alton, having had trouble with some members of his congregation over his 
strong stance on race and having marched in Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral procession. 
To my amazement, they appointed me to that church and sent Jack to Carmi where he 
only lasted a short time. How they figured that 1 would mollify the situation, I never could 


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understand. Later, one of my friends said that Jack Traveistead had told the Pastor-Parish 
Relations Committee Chairman that I was there sort of on trial It was the only church I ever 
served that had a '‘church boss’’ to whom everyone submitted to. Even the women’s group 
would not make a decision until they cleared it with “Tom.” He had been a particularly 
close friend of Jack’s and he and I never got along. I lasted there two years. 

Milton Hart, pastor at one of the Alton Methodist Churches and Judson Souers, 
pastor at Godfrey First, planned a Human Relation Workshop to try to resolve some of the 
particularly troubling problems going on in the East St. Louis District. We thought that the 
District Superintendent would be there, but he was not. The attendance was disappointing 
and to fill in for some of those who could not attend, Judson had asked two of the active 
young women in his church to attend the meeting which they did on short notice. This was 
the meeting where I first met Karen. 

After my ministry at St. Paul, I was appointed to First United Methodist Church, 
Eldorado. I was there for two years and then Bishop Webb decided I had to leave that 
appointment. Mark had been in three high schools and 1 did not like the results. Dan was 
on the basketball squad and the following year they were rated #1 in the State all year long. 
Jane Ann was in the only school In the area that had a full women’s sport program. While 
in Eldorado, she earned 17 varsity letters which is still a school record, i told the Bishop 
that he could move me out of First Church, but he could not move me out of Eldorado until 
my kids were out of high school 

DECADE OF THE ’70s 
STRUGGLES 

Like John McCain [Republican presidential candidate in 2008], I confess that my 
greatest moral failure was the divorce from my first wife. I tell everybody that 1 picked her 
out when I was 17 because I thought she would be the perfect preacher’s wife; and if I had 
turned out to be the perfect preacher we might still be married. We grew apart beginning 
with my mother having to come live with us. Anna Lee was never abusive in any way. She 
was very reserved and couldn’t accept help in her house, and as a result my mother felt 
unwelcome. She also did not agree with the type of ministry I felt I was called to in East St. 
Louis. She did not want me to am for the school board. I felt that was one of my greatest 
accomplishments - leading the vote against 18 other candidates in that troubled city. 

I had been a full member of the conference for 23 years. I asked for a sabbatical leave 
for 1973. The conference powers tried to prevent it, but the conference granted it. That year 
1 worked at all kinds of things including teaching GED for the young men at the Job Corn 
Center at Golconda. 

The cabinet finally appointed me to the New Burnside Charge which included 
Reynoldsburg and Taylor. My great grandparents were buried at Taylor Cemetery, along 
with my mother’s baby sister who died as an infant and my great Unde Lafayette Nipper 


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who lived to be 96. When 90 he was the oldest merchant in Johnson County still running a 
General Store. We moved to New Burnside in 1976. 

The DS asked us in my fifth year there to take Vienna First Church. We moved there 
and were divorced that year. It was painful and embarrassing for me to be put on trial after 
m>’ divorce and serve a sentence of suspension for over two years. 

In June 1983 I was appointed to Bunker Hill. 111. This was the first church where 
Karen was my partner in ministry. We had seven years in Bunker Hill. During this time, 
I adopted Karen's two children. Kevin Dean and Karmen Way. At the ages of 21 and 18 
respectively, they were very excited and happy to join the Ev ers Clan. 

During the second year of my pastorate, the mayor of Bunker Hill. Norman Smith, a 
member of my church, came to me and asked if I w ould serve out the term of an Alderman 
who was resigning. I agreed and the city council approved his appointment. I served out 
tw o years and then ran for re-election and was elected bv a vote of 100 to 116. I had been 
on the Board of the Public Tibrary previously. 

Jim Wade, a member of our church, who was on the City' Council with me, was 
Kevin's art teacher at the high school. He heard through the grape-vine that art was going 
to be a half-time subject. I had introduced him to Red Bird Mission School, a part of the 
Red Bird Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church serving the Cumberland 
mountain people in southeastern Kentucky. Jim had been intending for several months to 
call Red Bird and find out about teaching prospects. He finally called and asked if they 
would need an art teacher and the Superintendent said. "Would you believe that our art 
teacher resigned this morning?" Jim and his wife went down to Red Bird - they liked them 
and hired them. (They were also hired as dorm parents for the boy's dorm.) 

HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU RETIRE? 

The Wades had exacted a promise from me when I w as helping them load their 
moving van that we would come down and visit. We did so in October before I retired 
in June 1990. 1 applied for a job teaching Social Science but never heard from the 
Superintendent. In April 1990 I asked Jim to find out where my application was. He 
hunted it up and the school principal was very non-committal. Karen and 1 had a van and 
trailer and had planned to be on the road after my retirement. 

On Sunday night before I was to retire on Thursday, the Superintendent of Red Bird 
Missionary Conference called and asked if I would be interested in being the pastor of 
the Beverly United Methodist Church. I said that I had not intended to take an every 
Sunday responsibility. He said Beverly was different, would 1 come and interview. I said 
I have to clean up this house, store furniture and do other things and could not come 
dow n to Beverly until June 15. He said that would be alright. When I went down in June 
I informed him that Karen and 1 were going on a vacation to Nova Scotia and I would not 
be there until Aug. I. He accepted all my conditions and I was appointed to Beverly as 


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of Aug. 1. 1990. We served for seven years and met many wonderful people. Karen was 
the Administrative Secretary for the Conference Office for six of those years. loe served 
as the interim Red Bird Mission Director for seven months and was also the Chairman of 
the Board at Henderson Settlement for two years. We retired from Red Bird in 1997. 

We spent three winters in Florida after having our furniture moved to a rental home 
in Jacksonville, III, where our daughter Karmen lives. We got the house sight unseen -just 
by Karmen telling us about the home. It was a great two story' home and fit our bill. 

In Florida, 1 worked at several different places and jobs for three winters. We did not 
go to Florida the fourth year because Karen had to have a serious operation for cancer. 
While she was recuperating, the Presbyterian Assistant Executive asked me to serve as a 
pulpit supply for churches in need of supply pastors. The first church I was asked to go to 
on Oct. 29, 2000, was First Presbyterian Church, Virginia, 111. They liked me well enough 
after only one Sunday to sign me up as the Interim Pastor on the next Saturday. I served 
there for 22 months until they got a new pastor. The Executive wanted me to go as a Stated 
Pastor to Aledo Presbyterian Church in Aledo. Karen and 1 went to look at Aledo, hut was 
not impressed. It would have been 100 miles farther from all of our children, and although 
a nice little count}' seat town, we were 
not interested. 

Ellington Presbyterian Church 
in Quincy was looking for an Interim 
Pastor. The chairman of the Committee 
on Ministry asked me to interview. 

Karen and I came to Quincy, never 
having been there in the daylight, got 
all of the material from the Chamber 
of Commerce, looked over the city, 
and liked what we saw. We came for 
the interview and the Session liked 
my answers and agreed that f would 
be their interim. 

In the meantime, I had looked 
at the Book of Order and discovered 
what a "Stated Pastor” was. A Stated 
Pastor is simply an approved pastor 
hired on a yearly contract. I asked the 
Executive if 1 could be a Stated Pastor 
at Aledo, why could I not be a Stated 
Pastor at Ellington. After a period of 



LUTHER L. EVERS’ youngest son, Joe, 
age 80, and oldest son, Paul, age 98, get 
together with their nephew Jody Bryant in 
2006 at Bradenton, Fla. 


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discernment, he agreed that I could be a Stated Pastor at Ellington. 

We have had seven contracts with Ellington's very wonderful people. My hope is 
to retire at Ellington on Oct. 1, 2009, after 65 years of pastoral ministry. And then, who 
knows w here God will call us next. He will have to find us on the road as Karen and I love 
to travel. 

Bio of Joseph Calvin Carr Evers 

1944 Graduated from Metropolis Community High School - 5th in class of 53. 

Matriculated Southern Illinois Normal University, Carbondale. IL. 
Appointed to Harrisburg Circuit. 

1945 Appointed to Eddyville, IL charge. 

1947 Moriah-Lone Oak charge. 

1948 Graduated - B.A. - Southern Illinois University (1st. class at uni. status) 

Married August 25 — Anna Lee Armstrong. 

Entered Asburv Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY - September. 
Appointed to Kent Circuit, Southern Indiana Conference. 

1950 Graduated from Asbury. Appointed to Mill Shoals, IL. 

1953 Appointed to Maplewood, Malden, Mass., New England Conference. 

A son, Mark Hasting, bom, September 8. 

1954 Began my studies at Boston University. 

1955 Accepted as Ph.D. Candidate at Boston University. 

A son, Dan Wesley, bom on July 4. 

1956 Attended General Conference, Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN. (This is 

the conference where it was voted that women could be admitted to 
Annual Conference membership. 

1957 Completed residence work on Ph.D. Appointed to Clay City. 

1958 A daughter, Jane Ann, bom on March 19. 

1960 Appointed to Epworth, Belleville. Attended General Conference in Denver. 

1962 Earned Ph.D. in Church Llistory from Boston University. 

1963 Elected to General Conference. 

1964 Delegate to General Conference. Was extended a contract to teach church 

histoiy at Ashland Theological Seminary’, Ashland, Ol I. fumed it down. 
Dissertation book published (The History of Southern Illinois onference, 
the Methodist Church by Parthenon Press.) 

1965 Appointed to St. Paul, East St. Louis, IL. 

1966 Attended General Conference in Chicago. Was on an exchange to the 

High Street Methodist Church. Lowestoft, England. 


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Attended the World Methodist Conference in London. 

1968 Led a field of 19 candidates, elected to Board of Education, District 189, 

East St. Louis, IL. Was a delegate to the uniting conference of 
The United Methodist Church. Dallas, TX. 

1969 Appointed to St. Paul, East Alton. IL. 

1970 Delegate to General Conference in St. Louis, MO. 

1971 Appointed to Eldorado, IL First Church. 

1972 Sabbatical Leave. 

American History teacher, Southeastern Illinois Community College. 
1974 Teacher at Golconda Job Corp Center. Appointed to New Burnside charge. 

1978 Appointed to Vienna, First United Methodist. 

1979 Divorced. Married Karen Way Sanner Draper. Dec. 2 1 . 

1980 - 1983 Substitute Junior High/High School teacher. 

1983 Appointed to Bunker Hill United Methodist Church. 

1 985 Appointed to complete a term as Alderman, Village of Bunker Hill, IL. 
1988 Re-elected as Alderman. Certified as Emergency Medical Technician. 

1990 Retired from Southern Illinois Conference, The United Methodist Church. 
Vacation to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland. Appointed to Beverly UMC, 
Red Bird Missionary Conference, KY and began preaching in August. 
1993 Drove 12,000 miles to visit Canada and Alaska with Bill and Joy Beuoy. 
1995 Visited sister, Harriett, in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay. South America 
with wife and son Dan. 

1997 Retired from Red Bird Missionary Conference. 

1998 Moved to Jacksonville, IL. Winters of 97-98, 98-99, 99-2000 lived and 

worked in Ft. Myers, FL 

2000- 2001 Substitute teacher in Jacksonville area. 

2001- 2002 Interim Presbyterian pastor. First Church, Virginia, IL 
2003-2009 Stated Pastor at Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church, Quincy, IL 


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Ch. 9 


The Dolls 


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Mary Jim Shelton Parker of Chandler, Texas, contributed 
much of the following in 2008 on her mother, Frances Evers Shelton. Frances and 
her sisters became very close after their mother, Ethel Bayless Evers, the first wife 
of Luther L. Evers, died during childbirth in 1922 in Metropolis.) 

By Mary Jim Shelton Parker 


M y mother [Frances] loved to tell this story. One morning her father I uther 
told her she would be spending the day with her grandmother. I ater in the 
day he would pick her up and she would have a birthday present waiting 
when she got home. All day she thought about a sack of candy and as the day wore on the 


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sack got bigger with more and more candy in (her mind). That’s what they would most 
often get for their birthday. Finally he came to pick her up and take her home. When they 
arrived he told her to go up to her Mama’s room and she would have her present there. 
It was there alright, a new baby girl, “just’' another baby and no candy! That baby was 
Vivienne May (Evers). She was born Feb. 11, 1916. Needless to say that was not what she 
was expecting, the candy would have been much more exciting.” 

As they grew into adulthood, Vivienne would tty as often as she could to come home 
so she and Francis could be together on their birthdays. 

Frances was a long-time elementary school teacher at country schools southwest of 
Metropolis. One of her former students, Charles “Buck” Kennedy of Gunnison, Colo., 
recently said, “Frances was 
one of the best teachers I 
ever had.” Living near each 
other. Buck and Frances 
had to walk the same road 
to Mount Mission School, 
so they often would wind 
up walking together and 
talking about life before 
getting to their one-room 
school house. “Walking 
with your teacher was a 
little embarrassing at first, 
but I soon learned what a 
quality person she was, and 
I enjoyed those walks very 
much,” said Buck, whose 
father Nellis was a brother 
to James Paul Evers’ wife, 

Florence Kennedy Evers. 

Paul of course was Frances’ 
older brother Frances Evers Shelton was the elementary school 

^ , teacher of “Buck" Kennedy, pictured here with his wife 

Mary at their 1800s restored log cabin in Gunnison, 
a \ m eci e to get q 0 / 0 Buck sa/c / p e enjoyed walking to Mount Mission 
married the) had a big School with Frances, who lived nearby. 


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problem. She was teaching in the Metropolis school district, and a married woman was not 
allowed to teach at that time. So they decided to elope and get married. She would stay in 
Metropolis during the week and go to her in-laws in the country on the weekends. They 
went to Vienna. 111., and were married on Dec. 31, 193 1. 

One day about a year and half later, her father (Luther) called her into his office and 
said the city superintendent had called him and told him Frances was married. Was it true? 
That was the hardest 'y es sir’ she ever had to say to him. 

She worked for the state a couple of years and then began teaching in the country 
schools. Then, she taught in Joppa for several years and then into the Metropolis schools. 
She loved teaching, and she would send home papers of the children's school work and 
pictures during their grade school years. 

Frances’ younger sister Helen came to Metropolis from Florida in 1949 with her son 
Freddy, who was about a year old. to spend the summer w ith her Evers family. She stayed 
with Frances and her husband. Calvin Shelton. Helen's husband Augie had gone back east 
to his home state to look for work. 

The one thing I remember the most was she had a record of a song she liked and ask me 
if I had a way to play it and could I write the words down for her. So for the greater part of 
a day I would wind up the old record play er, write fast and do it over and over until I had 
all the words. She was so pleased with it. She rewrote the words and mailed it to Augie. It 
was just the way she felt about Augie. When she loved you it was with all her heart. The 
song was, ‘‘How Do I Love You, 

Let Me Count The Ways". 

Frances loved sewing for 
Vivi. So for Augie and Freddy, 

Vivi, Jimmy, and Keith, the song 
would have said it well for all of 
them. It seems there has not been 
time for everything. Now that I 
am thinking on things I have so 
many stories to tell, and have to 
decide what to say in short time. 

Some of the things need not to 
be said and some things are way 
too long, but I will tell you this. 

I probably was the lucky one to 



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be in all the different things and etc. 1 got to know all of them so well and heard so many 
things, some made you cry and some made you laugh. The stories cover their whole 
families and their children. 1 had a very personal relationship with the sisters. They were 
always so grateful to Mother because as soon as she went to w'ork she would buy or loan 
them clothes. I guess best put, she was the big sister and tried to watch out for them. The 
brothers were her babies and she thought so much of their wives and children. 

She and Daddy loved it when the kids would come out to the country and stay or just 
for a short visit. Mother never felt like she had what the others did because she lived in the 


country on a farm that didn't farm. She loved 
hard times and good. 

One of the nicest things said to me when 
Mother died was by one of her students of 
years ago, who said she and some the other 
kids would always be grateful to her for 
teaching them to want to read books. She 
would read a chapter to the class everyday. 
Every two weeks she would go to the library 
and get a bunch of books to bring back to 
school so the kids would have books to 
read. 

When she was teaching the third grade 
in Metropolis, one of her boys simply could 
not read so she decided something would 
have to be found to teach him. She cut out 
letters of very fine sandpaperl and would 
guide his fingers over them until he knew 
each one and he started reading. At the end 
of the school year he could read and really 
passed to the fourth grade. To thank her he 
stopped at a yard sale on the way to school 
and bought her a pair of white high heel 
shoes. He was so proud of them and they 
only cost him a quarter. You know they fit 
her perfect and she wore them for a long 
time. 


her teaching and I could write a book on that, 



EVELYN DIED in her 20s, and the 
Evers sisters gave special attention 
to her son George Lewis Meyer, who 
was raised by the Sox Smith family. 


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When I was in the seeond grade she was teaching at a country school and 1 remember 
being pulled along in the snow.. ..cold. We had no ear and Dad was working out of town... 
(but) that’s a story for another day. 

Frances’ sister Stelsa was the 
center of the gathering spot for when 
you went to visit. Sometimes all the 
brothers and sisters would be there, 
or at least the ones who lived around 
close. Those were such good times. It 
was always fun to listen to them tell 
their stories of childhood and who did 
what. Of course all the stories were 
different because each 
had their version of 
it. but the end usually 
came out the same and 
they had a good time 
together. 

If you had a 
medical question she 
[Stelsa was a nurse] 
would listen; a personal 
problem, or whatever. 

Her door was always 
open and she made you 
feel so welcome. When 
Evely n (Luther's oldest 
child) and John Meyer 
were married they sat 
up housekeeping in the 
country close to where 
the Shelton family 
lived. When Frances 
would go to visit her 
sister, it seems Calvin 


THE DRAWING at the beginning of this chapter 
was a special 99th birthday gift to James Paul Evers in 
2007 from grandson Jim Wiedeman. It was based upon 
the 1922 photo of Paul's sisters, Helen, Vivienne, and 
Stelsa. Also pictured (back left) is their cousin Kathleen 
West Included in the 1960s photo on top here are Har- 
riett, Stelsa, Paul, Vivienne, and Frances. 



would just happen to stop by. Of course Evelyn would invite him when she knew Frances 
would be there sometimes. 

Evelyn was a soft, gentle person and liked by every one who came to know her, and was 
so loved by all of her family. Many years after she died I was told by a lady who lived close 
to them that when Evelyn died the whole neighborhood cried, because everyone loved her 
so much. To me that said a lot about her. 

I always wished I had known her better. Years laterl did get to meet her son George Lew is. He 
wasagood-lookingyoungmanandverynice.Hestayedwithhisauntanduncleduringthefuneral 
days. Sox and Cora Sm ith, who ran the bus 
stationformanyyearsinMetropolis.Cora 
said that George took his first steps the day 
of the funeral of his mother.his Mother. 

"Dad (Calvin) told the story of 
when his father bought a new car, and it 
had no top. He told the boys they could 
drive it into Metropolis since it was the 
4th of July. It turned cold and started 
snowing and they had to go back home 
and get their coats. Guess that would 
have maybe been in the teens. I never 
knew if I should believe him or not. I 
ran across it though in the [Yesterday's 
News] old, old news in the Metropolis 
paper. He told the truth. It did turn 
cold and snow on the 4th of July. [The 
children of James Paul Evers, Frances’ 
brother, had also wondered about 
whether or not it was true when he told 
them that he recalled it snowing once on 
a 4 th of July in Metropolis.] 


COUSINS Mary Jim Shelton Parker, Geor- 
gia Evers Blue, and Sue Evers Sumner 


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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

Stelsa Ethel Evers Bryant (1913-1994) 


Ch. 10 



A Family History... of Sort 


( EDITOR S NOTE: This title, "A family History... of Sort" was what Stelsa Ethel 
Evers Bryant, daughter of Luther L. Evers, called her 1970s writings, She was well known 
for her quick wit and sometimes biting humor. We thank her children, Jody and Barbara, 
for sharing it with us.) 

By Stelsa Ethel Evers Bryant 

I vvas bom July 31, 1913. in Hillerman precinct. Massac County. 111. Our farm was 
about a mile west of "Gab Town’'. I was the 6th child of Luther Lafayette Evers 
and Mary Ethel Bayless Evers. 

I haven't decided if I was just a dumb kid. or if I was too wrapped up in my own little 
world, to be observant. This is what 1 remember of that time. 

The farmhouse was on a crossroad where the Grand Chain, karnak routes met. The 
house was white with a porch across the front that continued around on the west side. There 
was a big bam across the road. 

There was a garden by the side of the yard on the east, near the kitchen door. Rolland 
and I once jumped on the cornstalks and rode them to the ground. It was cold; the moon 
was shining, and such fun. 

Another thing I remember from the farm years was being at Aunt Cynthia's house and 


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crying for Mama. I must have been about 
three, since Vivienne was there and just a 
baby. Aunt Cynthia gave Vivienne a bottle 
and she went to sleep. I kept on crying. 
Aunt Cynthia held me. Cousin Hollie 
brought out some of his toys to distract me. 
The toys were nice, especially the pair of 
clowns that rode up and down a pole when 
you gave them a push. After a push or two, 
I went back to crying for Mama, i don't 
know if anyone got any sleep that night. 

The next morning Aunt Cynthia had 
Hollie take me home. I rode in front of him 
on his horse. On the way home I went to 
sleep and lost the sack of ginger cookies 
she had given me to take to my brothers 
and sisters. 

When I went in, an Aunt was taking 
biscuits out of the oven, and all the kids 
hugged me. It was so good to be HOME! I 
have never been really home sick again. 

Looking back, I realize it must have 
been when Mama was in the hospital. 
Sending Vivienne and me to Aunt Cynthia 
was a logical way to care for us. But 1 
didn't understand why I was away from 
home. I have never quite gotten over guilt 
feelings for all the squalling, or for losing 
the cookies. 

Mama kept geese. One day when 1 
was playing in the yard, the gander took 
out after me. I started running around the 
house, screaming for Mama at every step. 
The gander was pecking me on the head 
at every step, too. Mama came out on the 
porch, and then went back in the house. 
I kept running and screaming, feeling 
abandoned. The gander kept pecking. After 


"" — — — 

Brothers and Sisters 

(1) Evelyn Marie: B. I Aug. 23, 1906, 

D. Nov. 19, 1929. Married John Meyer. 
Two children: Robert James, who died in 
infancy, and George Lewis. 

(2) James Paul: B. Jan 6, 1908. 
Married Florence Kennedy. Four Children: 
Georgia Ann; Charles, who died at age 3; 
Janice and Byron. 

(3) Inez Pauline. B. Jan 6, 1908, D. 
July 22, 1908. 

(4) Mary Frances: B. Feb. 11, 1909. 
Married Calvin Shelton. One child: Mary 
Jim. 

(5) Daniel Albert Roll and: B. June 
1, 1911. Married Mariam Waiters. Three 
children: Cynthia Sue; Ann Elizabeth, and 
Daniel Rolland. 

(6) Stelsa Ethel: B. [July 31, 1913. 
Married Joe Bryant. Two children: Joe B. 
and Barbara.] 

(7) Vivienne May. B. Feb. 11, 1916. 
Married Robert Bundy. Divorced. Married 
Fly Deitch. No children. 

(8) Helen Ann: B. Sept. 22, 1918. D. 
March 21, 1971. Married Carl Foss. No 
children. Divorced. Married Augie DeVita. 
Five children: Freddy; Vivi Frances; James 
and Keith. Ann, the first child, 

died at birth. 

Mother [Ethel] died Aug. 14, 1922. 
Father [Luther] married Nellie Trovillion. 

(9) Luther Trevelyn: B. June 25 , 1924. 
Married Helen. Four children: Luther 
Robert; Katrina; James 

Paul, and Stelsa. 

(10) Joseph Calvin Carr: B, Dec 17, 
1926. Married Anna Lee Armstrong. Three 
children: Mark; Daniel and Jane Ann. 

(11) Harriett Hester: B. Sept 25,1 928. 
Married Jesse 0. Weaver. Five children: 
Sharon; Leni; Joseph; Frank; and Mary 
Nellie. 


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an eternity (probably 2 or 3 circles of the house) Mama 
came and rescued me. Now I remember that there was a 
baby in her arms. She had to go put her down. But that 
didn't make me feel better at the time. 

On Sundays, after church, the whole family 
sometimes had dinner together. I remember the times 
at Grandpa Bayless' especially. All the aunts would be 
inside cooking. The men all sat around talking, and we 
children were sent outside to play. 

There was a big long table in the dining room, and 
it would be loaded with food. In the serving pantry 
between the dining room and kitchen, more food would 
be waiting to replenish the table. It always smelled so 
good. 

The men were called to eat first. They ate and talked. 
When they were through, the women sat down to eat. 
Only after they were finished, were the children called 
in. Sometimes we Were so hungry it was hard to wait 
our turn. Then we would stand under the dining room 
window, listening to see if every one was about through 
so we could eat. By the time we sat down the chicken 
was mostly wings. 

Grandpa Bayless had palsy but he was still HEAD 
OF THE HOUSE. Grandma was a good second in 
command. When she said something everyone stopped 
and listened. She had PRESENCE. 

Uncles Ray. Mark and Harlie lived at Grandpa's and 
worked the fann. Aunt Nora, her son Coleman, Aunts 
Oma and Lucy, and Cousin Kathleen, whose mother was 
dead, also lived there. 

When the men came in from the fields for dinner, 
they always stretched out on the living room floor after 
eating. Then, after a short rest, they would go back to the 
fields and work until sundown. 

The aunts took care of the house and did the cooking. 
When they rested in the afternoon, they did a lot of 
crocheting, mostly tops for camisoles. But if the phone 
rang, everyone made a dash to get there first to listen in 


Bayless 
Aunts & Uncles 

(1) Myrtle. 

(2) Arnold: Married 

Etta Peck. Two Children: 
Effie (One of Joe’s high 
school teachers) and Royal 
(ran away at 16) Went out 
west and changed his name 
to Smith. 

(3) Eva: Died at 3. 

(4) Mary Ethel: 

Married Luther L. Evers. 

(5) Louis: Killed by 
horse at 1 6. 

(6) William: Died of 
appendicitis at 14. 

(7) Nora: Married 

Asa Essex. Two children: 
Coleman and Horn erf?) . 

(8) Anna: Married 

Louis West. One child: 
Kathleen. 

(9) Rollie: Married 

Cecelia Irene (Reenie) 

Weece. Three children: 

Omar (?) Lois and Russel 

(10) Grace: Married 
Ray Wood. Two children: 
Overton and Mary 
Christine. 

(11) Ray: Married 

Gertrude Stull. One child 
stillborn. 

(12) Mark: Married 

Letha Shelton. No 
Children. 

(13) Lucy: Married Jake 

Knupp. Three children: 

Robert. Jacob and Charles. 

(14) Harlie: Married 

Cina Stubblefield. Two 
children: Louis and Paul 


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on the party line. That was the way you kept up on the neighborhood news. Apparently it 
was an accepted custom. If it was really private business, you just told everyone else to 
hang up 

Kathleen was from July 2nd to July 3 1st older than 1. Since we were so near the same 
age, we were paired off a lot. She was always reminding me that she was the oldest, so she 
was the one to make decisions on everything. I didn't believe that! However, 1 usually let 
her have her way. It was easier than fussing. 

Besides, the aunts and uncles who lived at Grandpa's house, there were others who 
came occasionally. Grandpa and Grandma Bayless had a big family, fourteen children in 
all. These [names listed in the box] are not all in the right order. Uncle Ray was older than 
Uncle Rollie, according to Papa's papers, but 1 just got a letter from Aunt Grace and she has 
a different order. According to her, she came after Unde Mark, and Aunt Lucy was younger 
than Uncle Harlie. 

It is interesting and sad, that while there were several Bayless grandsons, there are no 
great grandchildren who have that name. Russell, Louis, and Paul had daughters. Royal 
had one son, but his name was Smith. 

When I was small, 1 thought Grandpa’s house was huge, almost a PALACE. It was 
only when I took Ginny and the children down one day that I realized it was just a big 
two-story, not really remarkable at all, except that it had been ordered pre-cut from Sears 
Roebuck, very unusual in those days. Besides the serving pantry, I have already mentioned, 
there was a small room upstairs on the northeast comer called a bathroom. There was 
nothing in it, but no one else's house had one. 

There was also a huge mirror in the living room. It filled the space between two 
windows on the east side. There was a base with a shelf, a round column on each side, and 
a tall, carved piece on top, all shiny oak. When you stood across the room, you could see 
yourself from head to toe. Marvelous! 

About the only thing I remember of Uncle Arnold and Aunt Etta was the excitement 
when Royal ran away. Joe said Efifie was a good teacher. He liked her. 

Aunt Nora lived in Chicago at one time. Mama went to visit her. She took Vivienne 
and Helen with her. When they got home, Vivienne kept telling me about all the wonderful 
things. One that she mentioned was people in the street were selling fresh vegetables, and 
you tied a rope to a basket and let it down from a window. You didn't have to go out in a 
garden to get them. She talked and talked. And I began to wish she would shut up. I hadn’t 
gotten to go. I hadn’t seen any of those wonderful things. I just didn't want to hear about it 
anymore. Pea-Green Stelsa. 

Aunt Nora and Coleman came to live at Grandpa's. Coleman was between Vivienne 
and Helen in age. He was the cleanest child I ever saw. Always wore white rompers. They 
had a round collar and button on pants. He wasn’t allowed to get a spot on him. 


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I was always sort of grubby; most of the others were too. I couldn't see how he could 
ever have any fun. There was no way you could play without getting a little hot and sweaty. 
All I remember about Uncle Rollie and Aunt Reenie from those days was the time their son 
fell in a cornfield and stuck a stob in his eye. Lois was only a year younger than Kathleen 
and I, but she wasn't around much. 

Aunt Grace lived in Cairo. We went there to visit one time. 

Aunt Oma never married. She took care of Kathleen after Aunt Anna died, and 
Kathleen came to live at Grandpa's. Grandpa's house set on a rise up a lane off of the main 
road. Below the house and on each side of the lane were wheat fields. At harvesting time. 
Kathleen and I would go out behind the thrasher and try to catch the rabbits that were 
scared out of their burrows. Once in awhile we were successful. 

When LTncle Ray and Uncle Mark bought Ford Runabouts from Mr. Dixon in 
Metropolis, they had them delivered to the farm. Then they took them out in the wheat 
field and practiced driving. When they decided they could keep them in the road, they took 
off. There were no driver's tests back in those days. 

On a Saturday night they would come in from the fields early, get cleaned up, and then 
take off for town. First Uncle Ray, then Uncle Mark, and Uncle Ffarlie followed on his 
motorcy cle. It didn't seem fair that he didn't have a car too. But, maybe he really liked the 
cycle. I can't remember anyone else who had one at that time. 

Papa came from a big family too, but not quite so many as Mama's. I will list them, and 
then tell you what I remember of them. 

1) Johnny : Drowned in the Ohio River about a week before Papa was bom. 

2) Albert Warren: Married (?) One daughter: Eunice. 

3) James Oliver: Married Lucy Miller. Nine children: Flossie, Flora, Leo, John, Orpha. 
Virgil, and Russell. 

4) Cynthia Carolyn: Mamed August Lippert. Three children: Hollie. Claude and 
Agnes. 

5) Luther LaFayette. 

6) lTarriet Hester: Married Richard Ferguson. Six children: Darrel. Beatrice. James. 
Laura Ann, and the twins, Lyle and Lallan, 

7) Hubert Huffman: Married Clara Whitelock. Two children: Cynthia and 
Hester. Divorced, Went to Chicago. Married Frances. Three Children. 

Uncle Albert and Eunice lived with Grandma Evers. Eunice was the oldest of the 
grandchildren. She had red hair and a terrible temper. I mostly tried to stay out of her way. 
Uncle Albert was funny. No matter what we were having for dinner, he would pass the 
platter and invite me to have a piece of squirrel. 

Aunt Cynthia, 1 dearly loved. She always seemed so happy to see us when we came. 
I didn't even mind that she kissed me. I hated it when the other aunts did. In tact, I used 


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to hang back in the hopes that they would get tired of it before they got to me. Once in a 
while it worked. She and Uncle Gus lived on a farm. They had a big two-story house. The 
up-stairs hadn't been completed. Some of the bedrooms were done, but when you went up 
to bed. there were great open spaces. A little scary. 

There were a lot of tall trees around their yard. The yard was bare, and Aunt Cynthia 
swept it every day. But, she didn't mind if Beatrice and I drew a playhouse with sticks in 
it. 

She worked in her garden, raised chickens and [got eggs from the] hens. Once in 
awhile we would be sent to Art Morehead's store with eggs to exchange for groceries she 
needed. She cooked the most delicious meals. She was about five-feet four-inches tall, and 
almost as big around, but she seemed about perfect to me. 

I was really surprised the one time I can remember [of] her scolding me. Uncle Gus 
had been teasing. I was tired of it, so I called him an Old Towhead. He was always calling 
me a little Towhead. But she let me know that I was not to talk to him like that. Must have 
been my tone of voice. 

Unde Gus was nice too. He never seemed to loose patience. He would put us up on the 
horses to ride in from the fields. When he did the milking, he would suddenly squirt milk 
at us to see if we were quick enough to catch it in our mouth. I didn’t like the taste, but it 
was a fun game. 

Hollie was older, but was nice to me. Claude ignored me. And I always seemed to get 
in Agnes’s way. 

We weren't around Uncle Jim and his family very much that I can remember. There 
was one time that we were there and there were tables on the lawn with white cloths and 
lots of food. Probably Flossie’s wedding. They moved to Centralia, so we didn’t see them 
often. 

Mama and Aunt Lucy were double cousins. 

Aunt Hattie married Dick Ferguson against the adv ice of her father and brothers. They 
told her that he was a railroading man... She loved him and was sure he would change. She 
seemed to think it was someone else’s fault [later for some of their difficulties]. 

We visited them once while they were living in Salem. I was really impressed. She had 
this powder that you put in water and it tasted just like lemonade. This was long before the 
invention of Cool Aid. 

Eventually Uncle Dick was '‘bumped” down to Cypress, a great comedown for them. 
But it did make it easier for Beatrice and me to visit. We got along together. We learned 
to stay out of Aunt Hattie’s way when we saw her looking, at the "wish-books” (Sears 
Roebuck, or Wards). She would be angry because she couldn’t order the things she wanted. 
When she quit looking, the first person she met was in for trouble. 

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men. He made jokes and never got after us. And he was the only person 1 knew who had 
bought a Doris touring car. It was really long, and had jump seats you could tuck down, 
and then you didn't have to sit on anyone's lap. 

Darrel was a tease. He would get Beatrice to laughing so hard she would wet in her 
pants. Then she would be uncomfortable or in trouble. Beatrice was a year younger than I. 
but we got along well together. Aunt Cynthia usually had us down at the same time. We 
would draw "play houses’" in the yard, improvise dishes and food with what ever was at 
hand. When we tired of that, we would go play in the bam. or follow Uncle Gus. 

James was quiet. He liked to wander in the fields, and he drove Aunt Hattie wild by- 
eating wild onions. He was small and had dark eyes like his father. 

Laura Ann was a whiner. The twins, Lyle and Lallan, were so much younger that they 
didn't make any impression [to me]. 

The only time I remember playing with Uncle Hubert's girls, we were up at Uncle 
Albert's. He put Cynthia and me up on a horse’s back. She was in front but kept scooting 
back until I didn't have any place to go but down. I didn’t like her. Hester just stood around 
with her thumb in her mouth watching. 

When Uncle Hubert got a divorce it was a scandal. Nothing was said in front of the 
children, but by a process of osmosis, I got the impression that everyone felt sorry for Aunt 
Clara and was upset with Uncle Hubert. Then after a while there was the impression that 
they had decided that maybe it wasn't all his fault. 

Aunt Clare and the girls went to Jacksonville. Uncle Hubert moved to Chicago. The 
only time he came down after that was if there was a funeral. He never did bring the second 
family. And, I never saw Aunt Clara or the girls again. 

So that is the FAMILY as I remember it. 

Papa was elected Massac County Superintendent of Schools for the first time in 1918. 
We moved to Metropolis in December of that year. 

Before we moved, he bought a Ford touring car. When he came driving it home, all of 
us children ran along beside it. trying to keep up with it, and shouting with excitement. 

When we moved to town I rode all the way sitting on Paul's lap. Evelyn held Rolland. 
and Frances had Vivienne. Mama and Papa and the baby [Helen] were up front. It was cold, 
so the side curtains were buttoned on. They were canvas like the top. but they had small 
glass windows, so you could look through and watch the country fly by. 

We moved into a bungalow at 6th and Butler Street. 

GROWING UP IN METROPOLIS 

It was 1918, the year of the flue epidemic. I have no recollection of it. except one 
morning that Vivienne and I were standing at a cabinet eating our breakfast. We never did 
that before. Besides we were the only ones there. Then someone came and put us back in 
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I have been told that Mama and Helen almost died. The whole family was sick, 
including Papa. But since the whole community was sick it was almost impossible to hire 
help. So, Papa stayed up and took care of us. Eventually some of the relatives came and 
helped, but Papa was the one who carried us through. One of the stories I have been told is 
about one woman he hired to help out. She put potatoes on to fry one night, then went out 
back to the privy, and never did come back. 

Later, when Papa developed Parkinson’s syndrome, the doctors said it was the result 
of the flue, and because he had not stayed in bed as he should have. We all surv ived and 
summer came. 

I played with a boy up the block. Carlton Starks. He and his mother were living with 
his grandmother because his father was in the Navy. That didn't mean anything to me, but 
he was a nice friend. We started school together in the basement of the Christian Church. 
Clark School was being built, but wasn’t quite ready. 

My first teacher was Miss Nell Elliot. She was a very nice person. All the children 
loved her. The first day she held up a card and asked if any one knew what was on it? A 
girl named Bernice waved her hand, and said it was an A. I was amazed. How did she know 
that? I didn’t. 

I am still a little incredulous about the fact that I didn’t know my ABCs before I started 
to school. With four older brothers and sisters, and a father who thought an education was 
the most important thing you could give a child, why hadn’t anyone tried to teach me? How 
come 1 hadn’t picked up some of it by just being around? I still don’t understand it. 

“Miss Nell” was really nice. One day my feet were wet, so she held me on her lap with 
my feet to the radiator until my stockings were dry. We still lived on Butler Street, so my 
second year in school was at Clark. “Miss Anna” Borlis was the teacher. She was nice, 
too. 

Papa bought the house at 9th and Ferry. It was big with a hall, living room, and parlor 
behind a sliding door, one bedroom, a BATHROOM, dining room and kitchen down stairs. 
In the hall, a curving stairway with a most slide-able banister, led to the up stairs. Up stairs 
were three bedrooms. Paul and Rolland shared one, and Evelyn and Frances had one. The 
one I shared with Vivienne and Helen had two beds in it. There was a porch that ran across 
the front, down the south side, then across the back, and between the house and a summer 
kitchen. It had a whole comer, and there was a bam out back on the alley, where Papa kept 
a cow. 

There was a lot of yard. Mama and Papa didn’t like for us to be away much, so our yard 
was usually full of kids. It was a happy time. 

1 started the third grade at “Old Central” Then Kathleen came to town to go to school. 
There wasn't room for her at old Central, so 1 was transferred to Clark so we could go 
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One day I was tired of it all. I told Miss Gertie I was sick. She let me leave school. 
Instead of going home. I stopped at Mrs. West's house. She lived by us on Butler Street. 
She gave me cookies and milk, and then I went to sleep on her couch. The next thing I 
knew Papa was there to get me. And I was in BIG TROUBLE. Did Mrs. West call him? Or. 
did Kathleen tell on me? I was too scared to ask. I knew I had done the wrong thing and 
deserved to be punished. 

Papa still had the farm. When he went down on weekends to see about things. Kathleen 
and I would go too. Then we would walk the rest of the way to Grandpa's house. Papa 
would come get us the next day. 

Some of the things I remember about those times are of Mama on the side porch calling 
me in. There were nasturtiums by the steps. Paul was on the back porch turning the ice 
cream freezer, with me sitting on it to 
hold it steady. 

At Christmas, Vivienne and I 
got rocking chairs. Her’s was red. 
mine was a little larger, and was oak. 

Mama sat on Papa's lap. He was 
sitting in his rocker, so we all rocked 
together. Was it that Christmas, or 
another, when Papa hung a big stalk 
of bananas in the door way between 
the living room and the parlor? Any 
time you wanted to, you could go 
and get one. Bananas have always 
smelled like Christmas to me. 

One day Papa took Frances, 

Vivienne. Helen and me over to 
Aunt Quinn's to spend the day. She 
was the widow of his Uncle John 
[former Massac County Sheriff John 
W. Evers], and had a son called Jett. 

We had lunch then played in the yard. 

Late In the afternoon. Papa came after 
us. He said something to Frances. She 
started crying. I didn't know why. We 

wen L home ' , Albert Evers, the son of JALE, sits with his 

ama wasn 1 1 ere. daughter Eunice, who married John Meyer of 

The next day Mrs. Park up the Chgjn sf|e fe „ oW)ng „ ef son Warren 


street took us younger children for a picnic lunch with her boys. First time I remember 
having a wiener roast. When we got home. Mama was there lying in a box- like thing in the 
parlor. There were flowers all around. The odor was so strong it made me sick. 1 haven’t 
liked the scent of carnations since. 

After that. Evelyn and Frances took care of us. Cousin Agnes came to stay with us 
and go to high school. Vivienne and I both had long curls. Every' morning Evelyn combed 
Vivienne's hair and Agnes did mine. And every morning it was the same thing. She combed, 
I cried because she pulled. One day she handed the comb to me and told me to get the 
tangles out myself. I cried then too. I had to prove that it really did hurt. One of the happiest 
days of my life was the one when Papa took me to the barbershop and those curls were 
cut off. Never mind that the neighbors and the teachers thought it was a shame. I liked not 
having curls to be combed. 

Since Mama wasn’t there to be called Ethel any more, 1 thought I would start using that 
part of my name, but no one would co-operate. Everyone kept on calling me Stelsa. 

Christmas was coming. Paul told me there wasn't a Santa Claus. I didn’t believe him. 
Of course there was. The night before Christmas, Papa let us all go to see a moving picture 
show. It was at the Cozy Theater on Third Street and Jackie Coogan was in it. He drove 
a bathtub around like a car and kept bumping into things. It was funny. I laughed and 
laughed. It was the first time I had ever seen a moving picture. When we came home, our 
presents were in piles on chairs. There was a card on each pile to tell whose it was. There 
wasn't any tree. So, I knew that Paul must be right after all. 

That year 1 went to school at New Central. It had just been built. It w as a "‘progressive" 
school. That meant that students stayed in their assigned rooms, but different teachers 
taught different subjects. None of the teachers made much of an impression. 

The only name I can recall is Mr. Elaley, the principal. He had our room for a study 
period. I remember him because of the day that one of the older boys made a racket by 
accidentally knocking his ruler of his desk, Mr. Haley told him to stand up for the rest of 
the period. Someone else made a noise, and he also had to stand. Then there was another, 
and another, and another, until about half of the room was up. I decided that I’d like to join 
them, so deliberately pushed my ruler off. Unfortunately Papa heard about it. He didn’t 
think it was as funny as I did. I was in trouble again. 

Helen was too young to go to school. She stayed down at Grandma Bayless most of 
the time. Papa would take Vivienne and me down on weekends. In those days there wasn't 
any refrigeration. There were iceboxes, but they were only used in the summer time. In the 
winter the house was heated by stoves, and food was left on the table between meals. There 
was a cloth to cover every thing. One day that winter, Vivienne came home from school 
first. She found the dining room floor on fire by the side of the stove. A cap left to dry on 
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the fire out. She was a heroine. I wished I had been the one to save our house. 

Mr. and Mrs. Davidson, who lived across the street from us on 9th Street, boarded 
teachers. That was where Miss Gertie stayed. One day a new teacher was there. Miss 
Nellie Trouvillion. She taught at Clark school with Miss Gertie. One day, the next summer. 
Frances told me that Papa was going to get married again. 1 didn't know what she was 
talking about, but if Papa was going to do it, it was all right. Anything he did was right. 

Miss Nellie came to live with us. Helen didn't stay down at Grandma's anymore. She 
started school at Clark riding with Miss Nellie. 

After that we didn't go down to Grandpa Bay less' so much. Kathleen didn't stay with 
us any more either. It must have been a gradual thing. I can't remember it happening. We 
didn't see the uncles and aunts, except for Uncle Ray. He and Miss Gertie were going 
together. 

We did still go down to Lower Salem or Lower Anderson churches on alternate 
Decoration Days. There would be a basket dinner, more food than all the people could eat. 
and lots of singing. Strange ladies were patting me on the head and saying that I looked like 
my mother. But, Papa would always say that Vivienne was more like Ethel. 

The years passed. It was mostly school and playing with all the neighborhood children, 
and visiting Aunt Cynthia in the summer time. And reading. I read and read. 

Mostly I liked school. One thing I particularly liked was the dollar that Papa would 
give you if you made the Honor Roll. I tried to make sure I made good grades so I could 
get a dollar. I could spend it as I pleased. The firestone I got was taken to Mr. Liggett's store 
and every bit spent for candy. I really got a lecture on the value of money. 

Some of the teachers were good, some not, but they were TEACHERS so it didn't 
matter how you felt about them. In the 5th grade it was Miss Radie Dunn, who had a twin 
named Sadie. When she got mad, she threw' things. One of the big boys made her mad 
one day. She threw her book at him. He ducked and the book flew out the window. She 
made him go out and pick it up. Sixth grade was Miss Carrie Granthan. She was musical 
and played the organ at our church. Seventh grade was Mrs. Wentzel. As long as you did 
your homework and kept quiet in class everything was all right. Eighth grade I had Mrs. 
Brainard. 

She was Miss Carrie’s older sister and must have been about ready to retire. She was 
gray-haired and very strict. Everyone tried not to make her mad. One day when one of the 
big boys made her angry, she slapped him. He fell out of his seat. He was at the end of the 
row, so she trotted around the seat, picked him up by his collar, sat him down hard, then 
slapped him on the other cheek. He fell out on the other side. She repeated the performance. 
So did he. By that time all the rest of us knew' he was doing it on purpose. It went on until 
the bell rang. Everyone else was almost choking, trying not to laugh. 

There used to be a lot of 15-year-old boys in the 5th. 6th, 7th. and 8th just waiting for 


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their 16th birthday so they could quit school. No social promotions back then. 

When we moved to 9th and Ferry, the yard ran clear back to the alley, and was usually 
full of kids playing. Papa didn’t like for us to be gone much, but other children were 
welcome at our house. There were the Park boys from up on Metropolis Street, and the 
Dunn girls who lived across from them, and The Crain boys on the comer across 9th from 
us. J. Paul and Helen May Neal were from down in the middle of the next block on Ferry 
Street. Lois Evelyn Dixon and Eamestine Cox were from up on Market Street. Others 
came too, but not as frequently. The place was usually swarming with kids. 

It was after L.T. was bom that Papa sold the comer lot to Harry McGee, the farm 
adviser. The big catalpa tree that stood at the curve of the front and side porch was cut 
down. And, Mr. McGee built the white house that still stands on the corner. 

Then we moved across the street to the ”Henny” house. It was a two story, too, but 
not as nice. The Pansing family moved into our big house. Joe and Harriett were bom 
there. At the time I had no idea of what was going on. Children were not taken into family 
conferences. Adults made decisions and children lived with them. 

It is only by things I overheard, and by putting bits and pieces together that I finally 
begun to understand why it happened. It was about this time that Uncle Jim and his family 
moved to Centralia. Some said he had used Papa’s name on a bank loan to help finance 
his campaign to run for sheriff. When he couldn't pay it. Papa felt he had to protect the 
Evers name. Uncle Jim would have paid him back, but he fell from a truck, received a skull 
fracture and died. The debt was all Papa’s. The farm went, then the comer lot, and finally 
the house. 

Papa had been re-elected each time, and his pay was good for that time. But, we lived 
mostly on white beans and potatoes, side pork or bacon, with either combread or biscuits. 
Cheap but filling. No one came to our house at mealtime who wasn’t invited to eat with us. 
If they were colored, w e kids still addressed them as Mister or Mrs. 

From the first grade on, every child had chores to do. The girls started out with drying 
dishes, then you graduated to washing, then to sweeping and dusting. In high school you 
cooked. When I first started washing dishes I can remember having to stand on a box to 
reach the sink. Back in those years, country schools taught 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th one year, 
and the next it was 2 nd , 4 th , 6 th , and 8 th . Though Paul was a year older than Frances they went 
through school together [due to the system]. There was no minimum age. 

Rolland started school in the country. He had pneumonia and couldn’t finish. That put 
him a year behind. In the 4th grade he passed but just barely. Papa wasn't satisfied, and 
made him do it again. That is how I caught up with him. We finished grade school and high 
school together. Paul and Frances graduated from high school the year that Rolland and I 
did from grade school. Papa was proud of all of us. Frances went to Murray, Ky., to learn 
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The year I was a freshman, she let me borrow one of them to wear in the Booster Club play. 
At that time there was no speech class. Every' fall the Booster Club put on a play. Any one 
in school could try out. I always did. and I always got a bit part. In the spring there were 
the junior and senior plays. The juniors did theirs to pay for the junior-senior prom. The 
seniors’ was to pay for a gift to leave the school. It was the same thing with them. I would 
tryout and get a bit pail. But that was all right, it was better than nothing. 

The year I was a freshman we moved to the house on North Avenue across from the 
cemetery. Evelyn was married. Paul had started at University of Illinois. But what with not 
wanting to go in the first place, and working his way through, he hadn't done well and quit 
and went to Detroit to get a job. I can still see Miss Nell crying when that letter came. 

Since Rolland and I were now the oldest at home, it was his job to get up. start the 

fires, and then do 

outside chores. 

I got up and 
cooked breakfast. 

We didn't have 
electricity out 
there yet. We 
had a coal range. 

I made a quart 
of buttermilk 
biscuits every 
morning. When 
I ironed it was 
with irons heated 
on the range. 

We walked 
into school. Papa 
left before we 
did. It was too 
far to us to walk 
home for lunch, 
so we ate at 
Meschers [corner 
store], across 
the street from 
school; either a 

sandwich or in LOVELY LADIES - Frances, Vivienne, Helen, and Stelsa 


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cold weather, a bowl of soup or chili, and a drink; 15 cents. Most of the country kids ate 
there. No school cafeteria. When Vivienne got into high school she used to get put-out with 
me at noon. She thought 1 talked too smart to boys too much. It wasn’t Lady-like. 

I guess I had my fair share of admirers, though 1 was never one of the most popular 
girls. How can you be when you have to check every thing out with Papa first? Rather than 
say yes, then having to say no later. I just said no to start with. 

The first one was a buddy of Rolland's. He started pitching notes to me when he thought 
no one would notice. That led to me telling Miss Nell 1 was going to the library, but meeting 
him at the [picture] show. 1 don’t know if I really got away with that, or if Papa just didn’t 
get after me. One boy’s dad always let him have the car for our dates. That is how I learned 
to drive. Virgil would let me practice. Our dates consisted of the show on Saturday night 
and Epworth League on Sunday. Papa had it figured out that if the show was over at 9, we 
would have time to go, for a coke, and then be back home by 9:30. That was my curfew. On 
Sundays we would go for a drive, but always make Epworth League before benediction. 
But one day Willie Mescher told Papa that it was good that I came every Sunday, but that 
it would be better if I started earlier so I wouldn’t always be late. That romance broke up 
when he started waiting for another girl to walk home with after school. Was it because she 
was nicer, or because her parents weren’t as strict as Papa? 

There were some boys that all the girls wanted dates with. One Sunday night after 
church one of them asked if he could take me home. Papa said yes. I was thrilled that he 
had asked me. He drove out on a country road and parked, then suggested we get in the 
back seat. That seemed like a dumb idea to me so I said no. He took me home and never 
asked me out again. It took me several years to figure that one out. 1 was a dumb kid. 

All at once I was a senior. I had to decide what 1 was going to do with the rest of my 
life. I liked to draw, so I briefly considered art, but Papa wouldn’t, understand or approve 
of that. Impractical. Besides, I didn’t know how to go about doing it. Being a nurse was 
the only other thing I wanted to do. I definitely didn't want to be a teacher, even if I had 
been named after one. All the nurses 1 knew had trained at state hospitals, including Cousin 
Agnes. You made an application, then your state representative recommended you, and you 
were in. It didn’t work that way for me. 

Miss Baker, the public health nurse, who worked out of the office across the hall from 
Papa, told him I wasn’t big enough. All the nurses she trained with were about her size; 
five-feet-eight, and probably about 180 pounds. She was right; none of the state hospitals 
accepted me. 

But, Aunt Cynthia brought in an advertisement from the Prairie Farmer of the Illinois 
Masonic Hospital in Chicago. She brought it in to us. Bless her. I applied and was accepted, 
but couldn’t enter until January. 

Papa had me take the examination for a state scholarship that was given to seniors. I had 


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won one. It was good for any state supported sehool for teaching home ec. or agriculture, 
none of whieh interested me. I knew I was going to have to work to help put myself through 
school. I didn't mind that, but thought it would be better to work where everyone else did 
too. 

Since I couldn't enter nursing until January. Papa was going to have me go to school 
on the scholarship. No lying around the house doing nothing. 1 didn't want to be a teacher! 
I didn't want to go to University of Illinois. Paul hadn't liked it. I didn't know how I could 
escape it. 

By great good luck, one of the girls who had been accepted at I.M.H. for the September 
class, dropped out. I received a telegram Sept. 22 nd to report on Sept. 27 th , adding that 1 
could order uniforms after I arrived. There was a lot of hurrying around to get me ready. 

My bus left at 9 p.m. Papa took me down to wait for it. He told me he had tried for 1 8 
years to teach me right from wrong, and that if I didn't know it by then, I never would. He 
kissed me goodbye and 1 got on the bus. I have often thought this was inadequate advice 
for a naive 18-year-old going out into the world on her own. Lately, I have decided he 
was right. Parents have only a short time to teach and instill their ideals in children. After 
that, they are the ones who determine how their life will go. Parents and friends can be 
supportive, but each person is responsible for his own life. 

Uncle Hubert met my bus at Harvey. He took me to his house to spend the rest of the 
night. The next day he drove me on into Chicago to the hospital. He made sure that I was 
in the right place and that they were expecting me. Then, he left. 

When Papa put me on the bus and kissed me goodbye, I felt completely grown up, and 
that I was capable of managing my life. Doubts began to creep in when we drove into the 
city . A week there cured me of that idea. 

First I was measured for my uniforms, and then taken on a tour of the hospital. Finally I 
was shown to the room I would share with another girl. My roommate was Laura Cummins, 
and her home was at Belknap. She was as large as I was small, but we got along well 
together. She was a second year student and helped me a lot. 

The probationers were given a week of classroom instruction. Then we were assigned 
to different floors. 

All students had to be in Chapel at 6:30 a.m. The only exception was if you had a 
morning half-day oft' or was working nights. Roll was called, a prayer said, and a hymn 
sung. Then we hurried to the dining room for breakfast. I had to be on the floor by 7 a.m. 
for report. 

Our day was from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with three hours off. The time oft' was scheduled so 
you could attend your classes. Then there was a half-day off during the week and a halt-day 
off on Sunday. 

My first assignment was men's medical. I learned a lot of things in a hurry. One was 


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that it wasn't only people who lived on Brick-Bat Row in Metropolis, or people like them 
who had "social diseases' 1 '. One would be a cute boy admitted. When I'd check his chart 
for diagnosis, too frequently it was lues [serious infectious disease, particularly syphilis] or 
V.D. To say I was shocked is an understatement. 

The floor supervisor was Miss Hibbs. She had been an Army nurse during World War 
I. While she didn't actually wear white gloves, she had that attitude. The students were 
responsible for the housekeeping, except for a mop man once a day. When she inspected 
your work, it had better be done right. Everything was spotless and exactly even. She 
wouldn’t tolerate a bedspread even half an inch longer on one side of the bed. 

One day it was almost time for us to go off duty. There was a discharge. I had the room 
to do. It was in the old wing. It had a dresser instead of a locker. The windows were long 
with ornamental woodwork. She made me do that room three times. When she checked the 
first time, she pulled the dresser out; I hadn't dusted the back. So, do it again. When she 
inspected the second time, she stood on a chair and felt along the top of the window. Do it 
again. 

Among the many things I learned while I was a probationer was how to clean. How 
did she know that I had made plans for that evening, and really wanted to get off duty on 
time? 

The first year was medical-surgical; four to six patients, bed baths for all. They weren't 
ambulating immediately after surgery in those days. Be in class by 10 a.m. Not too hard if 
you had private or semi-private rooms, but the six bed wards were tough. 

The second year was the different services: Surgery - three months, B.B. - three 
months, six weeks in diet kitchen, E.R.. pediatric, and x-ray. Also, assistant medical nurse, 
then medical nurse. 

The senior year we did tours again. This time it was on a more responsible level. We 
were the med nurses instead of the assistants. We scrubbed instead of circulating. We were 
assistant charge nurse, and towards the last, charge nurse. 

Medicine was simpler in those days. We did not have all the tests and sophisticated 
machines that are now available. No plastics, so no "throw-al ways’". No anti-bionics. 
Surgery was responsible for preparing all fluids and tubes for administrating them. The 
only IV was a blood transfusion, and it was rare. Only in severe cases of dehydration 
were fluids given. They were administered by hypodermaclsis. The chest wall was usually 
the site chosen. Occasionally a proteolysis would be ordered. This was administered by a 
Murphy-Drip. 

Our lab did the routine CBCs, FBSs and other chemistries. But, they weren't done 
by machines as they are now. Except for routine lab. they and others were not ordered 
routinely. Doctors depended on their knowledge, and to a certain extent, instinct. The lab 
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The med nurse did not give injections, except for hypos. She prepared the tray, and 
then followed the intern around while he did the IMs. When it came to kids. I would like to 
do that now. 

No Demerol. MS., and other narcotics came in tablet form. To prepare a hypo, water 
was boiled in a spoon held over an alcohol lamp. Then you dropped the tablets in. After it 
dissolved you drew the solution into the syringe. No disposable needles or syringes. You 
always checked your needle on the alcohol sponge to make sure it had a sharp point. 

I managed to graduate in 1934 without being thrown out or quitting because 1 didn't 
like the way I was treated. 

Those years weren't all grim. A lot of it was fun. Once I began to be able to find my way 
around. I began to like being there. I had more freedom than ever before. Some of the others 
moaned about having to 
be in every night at 10. 

For me, it was great to 
be able to stay out every 
night until 10. I didn’t 
have much money, but 
so many things were 
free. And, there were so 
many things to do. 

Tuition had been 
$75. That included 
uniforms. If we stayed 
the whole course, 
we would get the 
money back when we 
graduated. We were 
also paid $6 a month. 

It had been $12, but 
this was after the Great 
Depression started, so it 
had been cut. My tuition 
was paid for by the share 
1 received from Mama’s 
share of the Bayless 
estate after Grandma 

died. Room and board Stelsa discusses learning to become a nurse. 
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six whole dollars every month to use as I chose. 

Some of the other girls were always writing home for toothpaste money, but I managed 
to get by with what I had. I had to. Of course things were much less expensive then. A pack 
of Marvel cigarettes was only 10 cents. But they were almost the same as Chesterfields, 
which cost 15 cents. One of the most becoming dresses was found on a bargain table for 
$ 2 . 

I went in training the last of September 1931. I didn't get home again until June of 
1932. I had a week vacation and Papa sent me my bus ticket. 

These were still the days of Prohibition. The orderly who worked men’s medicals 
introduced us (always a group) to speak-easies, and burlesque. 1 was always nervous for 
fear something might happen and Papa would find out. How was I going to explain being 
there? I went anyways; it was something new and different. 

Maty came in training in January of 1932. Pier room was next to mine, and we had to 
share the same bathroom. We were friendly but not really intimate. We each had our own 
circle of friends. One day that summer, she asked me if! would like to double date with her 
and her boyfriend. Her brother had come to work in Chicago. She was looking for a date 
for him. I didn’t have anything else planned, so I said okay. That is how 1 met Joe [Bry ant], 
This was still in the depression years. Work was scarce. Mary’s current boyfriend was a 
foreman at the Jennings Mfg. Company (among other things, they made slot machines). He 
would give her brother a job, and he had just arrived. 

Our first date did not really go well. I drank too many Slow Gin Fizzes, and threw 
up. But, that didn't discourage him. He called for another date. Later that summer when I 
took my vacation, Mary has having hers. We arranged it so that when 1 got to Mt. Carmel, 
I would get off the bus, then she and her friend and Joe would meet me. We would stay at 
her grandmother’s in Princeton, Ind., that night, then drive back to Chicago the next day. 

I knew Papa would disapprove, but I did it anyways. The bus driver was so upset by 
my getting off that he forgot to ask for my return ticket. Joe used it the next time he went 
home. We split the cost. 

This probably proves that children have always been sneaky, and always trying to 
outwit their elders. 

Joe and I continued to date, and became serious. Then Grandpa Mac found a job for 
him at the Indiana Tie Plant where he worked. Joe went back to Joppa. 

He wrote often, but I had other dates. But Joe was still my main interest. Eventually he 
was my only interest. Then he started writing about getting bedroom suites, and things like 
that. 

I wasn’t ready to get married, settle down, and raise a family. I hadn't done anything 
on my own yet. Maybe I just wanted time to be me. I don’t know. I wrote less frequently, 
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One of my friends was an airline meehanic. We would go out on my off day and go up 
in a Piper. He was friends with a dentist, who was taking flying lessons. Doe paid for the 
time. Then my friend went to Day ton to work. He wrote that the Miami Valley Hospital was 
advertising for nurses, why didn't I apply? 

1 had stayed at I.M.H. after graduating. Now I lived in the nurses' annex, and had my 
own key. No restrictions on coming and going. I liked that. I never came in by 10. Once in 
awhile, I only had time for a bath before going on duty . 

It sounded interesting. I had never been any place except Metropolis and Chicago. 
Why not try some other place? I sent an application and was accepted. Dayton was a nice 
place. I made new friends there. One of the nicest was Mom Velzy. I used to go to her house 
every week or so to soak in a tub. The nurses' dorms only had showers. 

My friend decided to go back to Chicago. I stayed on. I was enjoying it. Also. I had just 
acquired a new boy friend. He was over 6-feet tall and older than any I had dated before. 
He drove me home for Christmas that year. Later, I had a letter from Papa saying that if I 
started going back to church, or to Eastern Star. I would meet a different kind of man. 

That was the year of the big flood, 1937. I had been to Cincinnati several times with 
friends. The Ohio River there wasn't very impressive in my opinion. It was not nearly as 
large as it was at home [Metropolis], 

Now the radio kept broadcasting reports of the flood. We drove down one day to see. 
It was almost past belief. Every day there were reports that it was getting worse. Then the 
news begun to say that it was worse in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. Paducah 
was mentioned as being one of the hardest hit. Helen and Carl had just been married and 
were living in Paducah. 

I tried to call home. No phone calls accepted for that area. I tried to get news of the 
family through the Red Cross. No report from them. It was almost a month before I had any 
news of the family. 

I had applied for reciprocity from Ohio when I went to Dayton. Now I received a notice 
that I needed more credits in pediatrics. Illinois had accepted my credits and I had passed 
state board. Why not Ohio? I didn't want to go back to school. I liked working and having 
money of my own. Besides. I couldn't afford to go. 1 had been spending every thing 1 made, 
not saving any thing. 

The boy friend Papa hadn't liked and I broke up. Dayton was not a fun place then. I 
began feeling lost. What was I doing there anyway? Finally I said the heck with it. I would 
go back to Chicago. Vivienne was there, and she was family. 

I found work at a small private hospital. It paid more, but room and board wasn't 
furnished. Vivienne and I took an efficiency apartment together. We enjoy ed being on our 
own in the big city. 

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know I was coming down. We spent a good part of that week together. After I went back to 
Chicago, we started writing again. 

One day towards the last of October, I came home from work to find Joe waiting for 
me. i hadn't expected him. He had come up for the weekend. Before he left, he proposed 
and I accepted. He had already bought a ring. That sure of me? 

His proposal had consisted of: “:1 love you. Marry me and let me take care of you.” 
That was what he truly wanted and expected to do the rest of his life. He would decide there 
was something I needed or would like; he would “surprise” me with it. Our married life 
was hill of surprises. The ring was just the first. We planned to marry the next July. That 
would give me time to save a little and to get things ready. 

About the middle of November, he wrote that there would be a job opening at 
De Veiling’s in Rosiclare. Jeannette Schmidt was quitting. Why didn’t I apply? 

I couldn’t. Not fair to Vivienne. I had to give her time to decide what she would do 
when I wasn't there sharing the rent. That problem worked out. One of the girls at the shop 
would take my place. 

1 sent in my application and it was accepted. Dr. DeVelling knew I was only planning 
on staying about six months. I went there in December of 1937 and worked until June 30. 

Working in Rosiclare was a brand new experience. The hospital was an old river 
mansion that had been converted. It was something like the Fisher hospital here, but larger 
and more pretentious. The De Veilings were originally from the south. Mrs. DeVelling had 
a southern accent, and almost every sentence ended with "Don’t you know?”. She didn't do 
any work herself; she supervised the hired girl. When you worked days you ate breakfast 
with the DeVellings. The girl would stand by the table and ask how you wanted your eggs 
cooked. The first day I was so flustered, 1 said scrambled. I didn’t know that people in 
private homes did things like that. 

Rosiclare was the first place I ever had a room completely to myself. I had become 
used to single beds, but there had always been a roommate. Seemed strange at first, but I 
liked it. 

Joe would drive up on the weekends. Once in awhile, if I had a Saturday or Sunday 
off. he would have Brady Singler come to get me, and 1 would come home for the day. Joe 
would take me back that night. 

Social security had just started. The straight eight-hour shift and three shifts had started 
before I went to Dayton, but it was still a 49-hour workweek. One day one week, two days 
the next. After the way it was in training, I thought it was just wonderful. 

Joe and I were married the 15 th of July, 1938. 

Because I have been hurrying to get this done, I have left out some things I should have 
included. No time to do it over: probably wouldn't do it anyways. Why did I just stand 


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looking out the window this winter instead of doing this then? 

School and Papa seem to figure the most in my [life] story. That is probably because 
they were the most important part of it; at least in the first part. 

Papa was very strict. His philosophy seemed to be as the twig is bent, the tree would 
grow. He intended to see that his children grew straight and strong. He was quick to punish 
if he thought it necessary . His punishment was usually the lay ing on of hands. When I was 
on the receiving, and I never felt that he was being abusive. I knew that he loved me. I was 
getting what 1 deserved. I had done something 1 shouldn't have. 

He loved children. I truly believe he was as pleased when Harriett was bom, as he 
must have been when Evelyn was. All the babies would get rides on his feet while he sang 
to them. Every one of us enjoyed hearing him sing to them. One of the favorite songs was 
■‘Old Dan Tucker". 


He had a beautiful tenor voice and liked to sing. When he was growing up he and his 
brothers had formed the Evers Quartet. 

He believed in EDUCATION, not only for his children, but also for all children. When 
we first moved to Metropolis, he was serving out the last year of Mr. Spence's term. He 
served four terms of his own. In the w inter, when roads were impassable for cars, he would 
ride a horse down in the country so he wouldn't miss a scheduled visit to some school. 
I can remember the time and effort he put in to get a high school at New Columbia. A 
few farmers had cars, and their 
children drove in to high school, 
usually with children from several 
families. Some people boarded 
their children in town, but some 
couldn't do either. These children 
quit after the eighth grade. 

It was for these children he 
worked so hard. They had a right to 
an education no matter the parent's 
circumstances. 

When we were growing up, 

I seemed to be the odd man out. 

Evelyn and Frances did things 
together. Paul and Rolland. being 
boys, had more freedom, and they 
didn't want a kid sister tagging 
along. I could have played with 
Vivienne and Helen more, but 



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mostly they wanted to play dolls. It wasn't my favorite past time, so I read. 

As usual, in any family, we didn’t always get along. If Vivienne got mad, she would 
bite. Helen would always get in the last lick. You might think the fight was over, but she 
would pop you one more time. 

After Miss Nell and Papa were manned, we didn’t seem to fight among ourselves as 
much. We were too busy presenting a united front against her, I guess. 

Miss Nell had taught school for years. She loved and understood children. I can see 
why she would seem a suitable choice for Papa. He needed someone to help raise that 
houseful of children. And, he was still a young man. 

She was Papa’s age, but had never been married. She had never really kept house. 
Her mother had done that. These children didn't go home at the end of the day. They were 
home. It was probably a nightmare for her. Then, too, she had three children of her own in 
quick succession [with Papa], 

It wasn't easy for the children either. Things just were not the same. 

It didn’t help to make things easier that Papa didn’t discuss things with us. His view 
that an adult was always truthful and right was not necessarily so. It also could have been 
a difference in the point of view. That was the one thing that I thought he did wrong. When 
I had children, I was going to discuss the reason I had made a certain decision. 

Things weren’t really too bad, though. That was until Grandma Trovillion came to live 
with us. The symptoms of Parkinson’s syndrome started the year I was a freshman. First, 
it was that Papa's hand shook. Then his walk changed. Instead of stepping out, it was a 
shuffling. He went to the Mayo Clinic, but they couldn’t help. One of them had Parkinson's 
too. It was progressive, so he lived with it. When Grandpa Trovillion died, she came to live 
with us. She would keep the house and take care of the children. Miss Nell would be able 
to do the driving and help Papa in the office. 

This was just before my junior year in high school. I only had to live with her two 
years. It was worse for Vivienne, Helen, and Rolland. They were there after I had left for 
training. 

It was September when I left for Chicago. I didn't get home again until the following 
June. Two weeks vacation, and then back to the hospital to work. We didn’t have classes 
in the summer, though. That gave us three hours we could use for pleasure. In really hot 
weather, a group of us would go to the beach and swim in the lake. Belmont was the 
closest, so that is where we usually went. In addition to being permitted to stay out any 
evening until 10, we were also allowed one “late leave” a week. That night you could stay 
out until 12. The doors were locked at the dorm at 10. You had to go to the hospital lobby 
and wait for someone to come in. Then the night supervisor took you across to the dorm 
and unlocked the door for you. Saturday was usually chosen. No classes were on Sunday, 
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Miss Greenwood’s favorite punishment was taking away your late leave. Any slight 
infraction was enough to cause her to take it away. 

She was the directress of nursing. Everyone thought she was just mean; she watched 
us so closely. She made us write a letter home every week. We had to turn them in to her at 
chapel on Monday morning. If you had a really interesting romance going, she seemed to 
know, because she would put you on night duty. 

The nurses doing night duty had to sleep in a wing on the fifth floor. It was 7-7, with 
three hours off sometime during the night to sleep. During the day. you had to get up and 
go to classes. There was absolutely no time for socializing. The one good thing about it 
was that when you came off you had a whole weekend. With written permission from your 
parents, you could go someplace overnight Saturday. 

One time, when Mary and I came off nights together, she asked if I would want to 
double date with her. She and her boyfriend were planning on doing the town. I agreed. I 
told Miss Greenwood I was going to Uncle Hubert's. He was the only one I had permission 
to stay with. We went to a show, and then dancing, drove around a lot. About 4 a.m. we 
were in a restaurant eating. One of the boys had had too much to drink and he got noisy. 
I was tired and ready to call it quits, but I couldn't go home until after 7 a.m. because the 
doors were locked. I had been uneasy anyway for fear Miss Greenwood and Papa would 
find out. No way could I give an acceptable reason for my actions, and I never did that 
again. 

When I went to Chicago, prohibition had not been repealed yet. This was the day of A1 
Capone, and the other gangsters. One lady on the bus that night had asked what my parents 
were thinking of to let me go to such a wicked city? 

Ed, the orderly, would take it upon himself to show the city to the probationers. He 
would take a group of us to a speakeasy. We would sit there sipping home brew (I couldn’t 
stand the taste of “Bootleg”), and wondering if the place would be raided. I couldn't have 
explained being there, either, but that didn’t bother me too much. 

Ed was the one who introduced us to burlesque, too. The most interesting thing about 
that was you could smoke in the balcony, and that there w ere a lot of old men up there. 

Sometimes on a Saturday night, a group of girls who didn't happen to have dates 
would go over to the Marigold Ballroom together. It was only a couple of blocks from the 
hospital and didn’t cost much. Girls would sit in chairs along the wall. Boys would walk 
by, and when they saw a girl they liked, they would ask for the next dance. The girls could 
say yes or no, depending on whether she wanted to. There was no rough stuff allowed. It 
was understood that you went in a group and all came home together. 1 hat is where I really 
learned to dance. 

That pretty well explains me. If I have left out anything you really want to know, just 
ask. The ego trip is over. 


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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

Luther Trevelyn Evers (1924-1988) 



Ch. 11 

Surviving Sinking Ships During WWII 

(EDITOR 'S NOTE: The following memories and conversations were written in 2009 
by Dr. Joseph C. Evers, about younger brother of L. T. Evers, pictured above.) 

By Dr. Joseph C. Evers 

L rp worked that summer after graduation for the Mississippi Valley 
I Barge Line Company where Paul had been working for more than 
# JL • 15 years. He volunteered for the Navy to avoid being drafted into 
the Army and began his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago in November 
1942. The barracks in which he lived were unheated and they had to shave and shower in 
cold water (in November). L.T. caught a bad cold. He had duty in the mess and he tied a 
handkerchief to his uniform sleeve so he could wipe his nose. The chief petty officer said, 
“Evers, go to sick bay - you're going to infect the whole company." While L.T. was gone 
there was some sort of roll call and when he returned from sick bay, there was a note for 
him to report to the Officer of the Day. 

The OD said, “Where were you, Evers?" L.T. told him he had been in sick bay on orders 
from the chief petty officer of the mess. The O.D. said, “I’ll check on it." L.T. took umbrage 
at this and shot back “If you expected me to lie to you sir, why did you ask me in the first 
place?" He replied “Calm down Evers, we expect everybody in the Navy to lie." To which 


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LT replied. "I think that is a hell of an attitude for an officer to lake.” This typifies how he 
got along in the Navy. 

He was in the top four in his Company and the Navy assigned him to Mine Warfare 
School in Newport News. Va. He was very adept at all mechanical things and learned 
all about mines and torpedoes. He was assigned to a destroyer escort/mine sweeper and 
they went out on a shake-down cruise. Two escorts were sweeping in a pattern where the 
electrical lines were trailing 600 yards aft, staggered so that 300 yards of the cable over- 
lapped. The Navy had experimented with many devices to coordinate the electrical charges 
for the detonation of enemy mines. They finally came up with a simple clock mechanism 
which malfunctioned on L.T.'s ship. There was a ratchet for winding the mechanism and 
a spring w as broken. L.T. was w atching those who were working on it and suggested they 
could fix it w ith a safety pin spring. They laughed him off and went back to port to get the 
mechanism repaired. You would have to know L.T.’s mind-set to understand how angered 
he was after all his training and his mechanical ability that he was taken so lightly. I le made 
it a point to be present when the people 
back at port were repairing the mechanism 
and asked if his idea would have worked. 

They said yes. This did not endear him to 
his superiors. 

Soon his ship w ent to the South Pacific 
and in one of the first engagements, his 
ship was sunk. L.T. was assigned to a gun 
crew shooting a 20 mm cannon. He sat 
with his back to a steel plate aiming the 
gun. All of his gun crew were killed and 
they put in a substitute crew. They were 
also all killed except L.T. His best buddy, 

Sullivan, caught a 20 mm Japanese shell in 
his middle and was blown in-two. He died 
in L.T.'s arms. When their least favorite 
officer came up and ordered LT to throw 
him overboard. L.T. told him to go to hell. 

The officer said, “Get out of the way and 
I'll do it.” Where upon L.T. said, “Touch 
him and you're a dead man.” 

L.T. would probably have been court 
marshaled had not the officer been killed in 

the battle and the ship sunk. L.T. reported i_ j j oe an( j Harriett 



that of the 139 men and officers aboard the destroyer escort, only 25 survived. 

He was returned to the States after his rescue and landed in San Diego. They gave him 
1 0 days leave to go home and to get to New Port. Va., to board his new ship the new Hornet. 
They went on a shake-down cruise to the Caribbean and of the 3.600 men aboard, 600 of 
them went “over the hill.” On his return to New Port he was given a week-end pass. He 
headed for home and stayed two weeks in Metropolis. He said he figured this was the last 
time he would see his father alive and that was more important than anything the Navy 
would have him do. We knew nothing about this until after his discharge. 

The penalty for his A.W.O.L. adventure would not have been very severe if he had 
returned before the 


new Hornet had set out 
for the South Pacific. 
Since it was already 
gone, he was court 
marshaled and served 
10 days in the brig on 
bread and water before 
he was sent to Boston 
and assigned to the new 
Wasp. 

He always made good 

friends with men in the 
food service because 
he was always getting 
boxes from home with 
home-made jellies and 
jams. He shared this 
with them when they 
would bake some good 
home-made biscuits. 
He was assigned to a 
gun crew and served on 
the Wasp for the rest of 
the war. 

In one of the battles 
in which the Wasp was 
engaged, a Japanese 
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deck and the second deck and exploded in the third and fourth decks, killing over 100 men. 
L.T. was assigned to the crew that was recovering the bodies and he said he did fine until 
the last four or five were hauled out and he lost it. With tears running down his face he told 
me that those men were his buddies. 

One of the stories he told me was that the Marines 
were part of a disciplinary detail assigned to the Wasp 
and were very hated. One night four of them disappeared, 
probably “fell overboard.” 

L.T. was chosen as a side-arms expert to go ashore 
with MacArthur but a typhoon blew the Wasp out to sea 
and folded the flight deck back like a piece of paper. So, 
he did not get to go ashore with MacArthur. 







THE CHILDREN OF L. T. Evers and their ages at the time the picture (on top 
right) was made are Luther Robert (9), Tina (7), Paul (3), and baby Stelsa. In the 
larger photo (above, left) are Paul, who graduated from Air Force Academy, and 
his wife Laurie and daughters Ashley and Caroline. Following in the footsteps 
of his grandfather L. T. Evers is Bobby Price, who is pictured in his Navy uniform 
when he first joined 19 years ago. He was deployed earlier this year to Japan. 



In 1945 after the war was ending and the Wasp was repaired, it was assigned to the duty 
of being a troop transport to bring back service people from Europe. L.T. made three trips 
on the Wasp for this duty. 

L.T. was in the Navy for 38 months and ended up as a Seaman First Class. 

One other note, when the Korean War started, L.T. and I were on a hunting trip and he 
said, “They will never get me back in the Navy." He said some very derogatory things 
about what he might have to do if he were drafted. But he was sure he would not ever be 
back in the Navy. 

“Now I understand what they mean when they say 'WAR IS HELL,’ ” said Georgia 
Ann Blue, Paul’s daughter about her uncle. She said everyone loved L.T. and appreciated 
his service to the country. “I can understand why my neighbor was an alcoholic and went 
to rehab multiple times but just could not talk about when he was in World War II. He, like 
LT, was a sweet man with a loving heart. I understand, and I care.” 


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William Evers 


John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

Harriett Hester Evers Weaver (1928-2005) 



Ch. 12 

Adventurous Harriett 

By Leni Harriett Weaver Fernandez 

T his poem was written by our dear mother. Harriett Evers Weaver in memory 
of her beloved life partner and soul mate, her husband and our beloved father. 
Jesse Oscar Weaver. 1 received a mandate today upon awakening, that the 
time has come to make public this, her work of love. I know not from whence came this 
mandate, probably not from Mother, because she, in her humble modesty, never wanted to 
self-exalt. I would rather think it was Daddy, or maybe actually God who felt it befitting 
that her writings appear together with those of her father. 

Though I know she wrote a lot of poems, this is one that has not been lost. When 1 
asked her once if I could publish it, she was too shy to allow me. When I asked her if 1 
could someday, she did not say no. I believe it is befitting that it be included in this book, 
because it so aptly describes her perception of my father and of herself. 

The poem is in Spanish, and I have, with the help of my sister Jessica, made a feeble 
attempt to reproduce the true meaning. I want both the Spanish and English version be 
included, because there are many in our family that understands Spanish. Something is 


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aivvays lost in translations. Its inclusion will be a just tribute to Mother. With trembling 
hand and humble heart. . . and infinite love for you and Daddy. I will try Dear Mother to do 
justice in this translation. (Note: January is the hottest month in Paraguay.) 

1 wish I had some pictures of the trip (by car from U.S. to Paraguay). 1 hope that Frank 
can go through pictures at Mom’s house to see if we can rescue some. The only one I think 
I may have is the picture we took just before we left Steele. 

I also have a note that was found in a jewelry box. A true testimony of love. 1 will scan 
it today and send to all. The note was written by Mom on the 10th wedding anniversary, 
carried by Dad for the next ten years and then returned with his note; a romantic side of 
Dad we may have not been truly aware of. 

Sharon. I thank you so much for giving it to me. I will keep it safe! 

[After receiving her sisters’ e-mail on the poem, Sharon, returned the following from 
South America.] 

Dearest sisters - I was deeply touched by Mother's poem and your sensitive transla- 
tion. When I catch myself nagging and ‘‘piddling” away my life with petty matters, I some- 
times, by Grace no doubt, am to connect with that tremendous love shared by our parents... 
in this writing of Harriett’s, I am able to see how Dad's intrepid nature and spontaneous 
enjoyment was a source of fun and daring for her. I remember once her telling me that one 
of the things that attracted her to Jesse, soon in their relationship, was his conversation 
skills. She didn’t use that expression, but said something to the effect that most of the boys 
seemed to have nothing to talk about, and that Jesse was the first person who ever asked 
her opinion about world events, such as what was happening in China at that point ( 1947), 
etc. 

Well, we were lucky 
to have had the parents that 
we did, and I am so glad 
that you are seeing to the 
details of having this poem 
included in the Evers vol- 
ume. 

I am so behind in 
reading my e-mail, that 1 
am not aware of the details 
of this publication, scope, 
deadline for materials, etc. 

One evening, when I 
was visiting in Chiriguelo, 
brother Frank read aloud 



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some letters written in fountain pen by Luther Evers to Nellie Trouvillion. The letters were 
included in materials that Uncle Joe had given to Mom on one of her later trips to USA. 
I distinctly remember my surprise and delight w ith some of the expressions used by our 
grandfather, including "Nell - Girlie”. I think the Evers would be interested in those texts. 
Perhaps Frank can look for this material among the things that he is taking care of. One 
of the topics discussed by Luther was that he and Nellie should not restrain their relation- 
ship because of people's gossip: that those very people in latter years would recognize the 
validity of their commitment and union. In another text, one of our aunts. I think perhaps 
Frances or Stelsa. wrote a Tribute to Nellie, their stepmother, lauding her exemplary life 
and dedication to their Dad. 

Well, sisters, thank you for your translation. I am sending copies of this letter to the 
other siblings, but feel free to share with our Evers kinfolk if you like. 

[Additional photos of Harriett's family are in the "Connecting Cousins” chapter.] 

Amante 

No te digo amante, porque me amabas a mi , 

Aunque me amabas harta y fuertemente. 

Te digo amante porque, mas que nada, supiste amar. 

A una noche de estrellas, 

A l bos que tan ancho. 

A l Glia' a monogamo, 

A l ternerito bianco, temblando con elfirio del ambiente nuevo, 

A la cascade i risuena, 

A la hoguera flameante en noche de escarcha, 

Al sol impiedoso de pleno enero... 

A estos y a mas supiste amar. 

Amabas a tus hijos, pero amabas tambien 
al hijo mas sucio del ultimo peon. 

Amabas a las viejas, comiendo con gusto, ( a veces fingido) 

Los platos ofreciclos con gusto a ti. 

Amabas a la 1 1 avia copiosa que caia 
sobre esta tierra donde descansas. 

Y la tierra. jComo amabas a esta tierra! 

Amor mio, edmo amabas. 


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Lover 


/ do not call you Lover because you loved me, 

Although you loved me full and strong 

1 call you lover because, above all, you knew how to love. 

A night of stars 
The forest so wide, 

The monogamist macaw, 

The little white calf, shivering in the cold of the new environment. 
The laughing cascade. 

The blazing hearth on a night of frost, 

The impious sun in the middle of January ... 

These and more, you knew how to love. 

You loved your children , but you also loved 
the dirtiest little child of the lowest peon. 

You loved the old women, eating with pleasure, (sometimes pretending) 
The dishes they offered you with pleasure. 

You loved the copious nun that fell 
On this land where you rest. 

And the land. How you loved this land! 

My Love, how you loved. 



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William Evers 


John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 

James Oliver Evers (1878-1926) 



Ch. 13 

A Family of Educators 

By Barbara Evers Loughman Linder 

O ver the last several months, I have enjoyed reading about our extended 
Evers family. This opportunity has come at a time in my life when I can best 
appreciate and admire the lives, gifts and heritage of a wonderful family. 
Thank you for the opportunity to tell you something of me and my immediate family. I 
have two sons and they and their wives have blessed me with two grandsons. They are 
Midwesterners but 1 don’t get to see them as often as I would like. Lance, Leslie and 
Terran Evers Loughman live in Algonquin, 111. Chad, Amy, and James Terry Loughman 
live in Shawnee, Kan. You can see from my grandsons' names, my sons really loved their 
awesome Dad. Terry, and their grandfathers (Evers). Terry died in 1994, after a 28 month 
struggle with multiple myeloma. “He loved us well, we love him still.” 

Mom and Dad (Jimmie Jewel Evers) returned to Centralia in 1942, after Dad 
finished college at Eastern Illinois and had a few short-term teaching/coaching jobs around 
Southern Illinois. Dad had graduated from Centralia High School (CHS). Grandmother 
Lucy Miller Evers, wife of James Oliver Evers, and Aunt Orpha Evers Pumphrey w ere the 
only family remaining in Centralia at that time of his return. My two sisters, Patricia Eileen 
[1937-1982], and Nancy Ann (1946), and I were all raised in Centralia and graduated from 
the high school there. 

Dad was one of those great teachers of that era, absolutely dedicated to the well- 


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being of the community and its youth. His cardiovascular health deteriorated in the '60s 
but he kept going until the other dreaded disease of our times, Alzheimer's disease, took 
him away from us and his life's mission in the late '70s and early '80s. He was much 
loved in Centralia and by his coaching colleagues all over Illinois. The football stadium/ 
field in Centralia is named Evers Field after him and he was inducted into several Illinois 
coaches and athletic Halls of Fame. Mom and Dad had come to live w ith Tern, our boys 
and me in the early '80s while we were in one of the many places we lived during our 
marriage. Kalamazoo, Mich. Dad died in 1983 while he and Mom were visiting Nancy in 
Cincinnati. 

My mother, Ruth (Hoyer) Evers, wife of Jimmie J. Evers, passed away on Oct. 2, 
2008. Mom was a homemaker, mother, and grandmother all her life except for a few years 
in the '60s. when she was a bookkeeper for the Centralia Water Dept, while Dad was on 
leave with cardiac issues. Talk to anyone who knew her and they will tell you she was a 
■'master at her profession"’. She was pretty healthy all those years after Dad's passing and 
moved with Terry and I several times. The last move Mom and us made together was in 
1998 to West Chester to be with Nancy. We had a lovely memorial and interment serv ice 
for her on Oct. 6 in Centralia. Many family members from all over the Mid-west and 
friends of Mom and Dad as well as Centralia High School classmates of Nancy and me 
came to celebrate Mom's life. She was 89 and we were blessed to have her live in our 
home, a house my sister Nancy and I had built for all of us in 1998, in the Cincinnati area 
(West Chester, Ohio). Mom and Dad and our sister Patricia are all buried in Centralia at 
Hillcrest Memorial Park. 

My wonderful sister Nancy, graduated from Centralia High School and then Illinois 
State, in Normal, 111. She was called to the family profession of teaching. She taught for 
a few years in elementary school in Wisconsin and then pursued graduate degrees (MS 
and PhD) in education at University of Wisconsin in Madison. She came to University 
of Cincinnati in 1976 and has been on the faculty there every since. She has mentored 
a myriad of graduate student advisees through the Educational Leadership and Urban 
Education Programs at UC. She has been recognized by UC and the state of Ohio as an 
outstanding and motivating educator and an indefatigable administrator. One ol her great 
gifts to her profession has been to advance educational methods and media into the 21st 
Century and in doing so reach hundreds of other educator-students all over the country. She 
definitely has not retired; but, when and if she ever does, I think there will be weeping and 
waling in the halls of the UC College of Education as well as many other departments ot 
education and education focused institutions across the country. 


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Our sister Pat (Patricia Evers) O’Donnell, after high school in Centralia. graduated 
from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis. She was a nurse in Florissant. Mo., 
nearly her whole life. She married, had three children, was divorced, and raised her three 
children as a single parent until the time of her death in 1982, much too young. Her children 
Tim (Patrick Timothy), Jeff (Jeffery Lawrence) and Anne (Anne Marie) have been like our 
own (Nancy and I). Tim graduated from UM-St. Louis. He has been a CPA with Deloitte 
every since. He is now a partner in the Pittsburgh office with some regional responsibilities 
for quality/standards as well. He and his wife Joan (Vogel O’Donnell) have two lovely 
daughters, Kelsey Marie (15) and Courtney Ruth (11). Jeff, Pat’s second boy (young man) 
and his wife Shana still live in Florissant. Jeff was a nationally recognized competitor and 
now instructor in martial arts. He and Shana have a daughter (Samantha Lynn, 21) and a 
son (Ian Michel, 16). Samantha is married and in nurses training, which she will finish this 
year (2009). Matt Kohler, her husband served our country in Iraq and we thank him as we 
do all the young men and women who have kept us safe. He is now home in Florissant with 
his young family. Samantha and Matt have a beautiful daughter Katelyn Patricia Kohler. 
She was bom June 25, 2008. Anne Marie O'Donnell Ehrmann, Pat's youngest, lived with 
me for a few years after Pat’s untimely death. Anne has four amazing children and they live 
in Portage, Mich. Patrick Joseph (P.J.), the oldest, is 16, an athlete, and very good student, 
as are all of Anne's children. Paige Cheyanne is 10, Jordan Lillian 7, and Carlos Eric 5. 

I graduated from the University of Illinois in microbiology and chemistry in ’62 
and immediately went into pharmaceutical research and development at Miles Labs (now 
Bayer) in Elkhart, Ind. I met and married Terry Loughman in Elkhart in that same year. 
Lance was bom in 1964 and I started back to graduate school a few years later. Our second 
son, Chad, was bom in ’70 and I received a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from 
Notre Dame in ’72. Terry was a horseman. He drove and trained harness horses which, 
when we were young, meant Terry (and his equine friends) were relatively mobile and we 
could move for his pursuits and love of horses with the destination defined by my pursuit 
of a pharma research and development career. We moved to Maryland where 1 was with 
the National Institutes of Health (NIHHD-Gerontology) for a few years and then moved to 
Kalamazoo, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Kansas City both of us picking up experience and 
know-how all along the way. Terry died while we were in Kansas in 1994. 

An opportunity to be involved with a start-up company came at 1 time when I needed 
to immerse myself in something new after Terry’s death Also my boys were grown-up and 
doing w ell so I leaped at the EncorePharma opportunity. It was all consuming but gratifying 
work for more than 10 years. We have attempted much in the way of pharmaceutical 


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Virgil David Evers 


Flora Lucy Evers 


Raymond Russel Evers 



BROTHERS James O. and Luther L. Evers enjoyed this opportunity to get 
together in 1915 with their large families. According to information on the back of 
the photo they are Orpha Evers, Frances Evers, Orvill Miller, James Paul Evers, 
(second row) Jimmie Evers, James Oliver Evers, Lucy Miller Evers, Virgil Evers, 
Ruby Miller, Anna Laura Miller, Flossie Evers, Luther L Evers, Rolland Evers, 
Ethel Bay less Evers, Stelsa Evers, Mr and Mrs Herald, (third row) Leo Evers, 
Lawrence Herald, Clara Evers, Evelyn Evers, Johnnie Evers, and Flora Evers. 


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THE CHILDREN of 
James Oliver Evers (top, 
left photo) Include Orpha 
Humphrey of Centralia, 
Clara McIntosh of Anna, 
Jim of Centralia, Flossie 
Mclntire of Grand Chain, 
and Flora Clancy of 
Thornton. Some of the 
children of Luther L. 
Evers’ join then, along 
with their spouses, in 
the lower, left photo, 

(on floor) Stelsa Bryant 
of Metropolis, Vivienne 
Schulkin of Milwaukee, 
Wise., (seated) James 
Paul of Metropolis, 
(standing) Joe of Quincy 
and Rolland of Metropo- 
lis. James Oliver Evers’ 
son Jimmy, pictured on 
the right, was a long 
time high school teacher 
and coach at Centralia, 
and had their stadium’s 
football field named after 
him. In the photo below 
right are Orpha Evers 
(left) with Sue Caraker, 
and Clara Evers Car- 
aker. 





research and development. Some said too much for such a small operation. We were 
involved in discovery, clinical testing, and out-licensing of treatments for epithelial cancers 
and for neurodegenerative diseases. We did have some successes and recently after several 
of the principals of the company retired or moved on we decided to close the company on 
the positive side of the balance sheet. 

Moving on means many things, for me it has brought great joy. At my 50th High 
School Class Reunion last year I saw and fell in love with a wonderful fellow, Rodney 
Linder. God's plan is truly astounding; it is true, when one door closes another opens. Rod 
had returned to Centralia in retirement to be with his elderly parents. Although Rod was 
not in my class in High School we were good friends, secret admirers, and Rod was one 
of my “Dad's boys” while we were in high school. He was (and is) an outstanding athlete. 
Rod decided to “crash” my class's reunion and I am so happy he did. We were married in 
Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 5, 2009, and are now living in Centralia. 1 have returned to my roots 
in Southern Illinois as Mrs. Rod Linder and love the idea of my children, grandchildren 
and someday great-grandchildren being able to know the traditions and beauty of life in 
Southern Illinois through their visits to see Rod and I in Centralia. 

In closing, I hope there are many Evers grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- 
great-grandchildren living well in these United States and especially in Southern Illinois. 


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THE BIG FIVE is the name these ladies (lower left) named themselves, 
and include Clara, Flora, Lucy, Flossie, and Orpha. Pictured in the top photo 
are Effie Bayless, Flossie May Evers, Grace Bayless, and Flora Lucy Evers In 
lower right, James Oliver Evers and wife Lucy are pictured with grandson James 
Mclntire. 




William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 

Hubert Huffman Evers (1893-1963) 


Ch. 14 



Hubert WWt & Charles WWII 

(EDITOR ’S NOTE: Margie Steele said, “This is a letter to Chuck [her brother Charles 
Evers], who was in training to become a bomber pilot. It was a very hard time [1944] for 
Mom and Daddy as we ‘kids 'were all married and had children. It gives an idea as to his 
personality. ” Her father Hubert Evers had been in the signal corp daring World War I and 
his son was preparing for World War II. Charles returned to finish his bachelor ’s degree 
at the University of Illinois after leaving a draft deferment to enlist in the Air Force. He 
was honored for his work with prisoners as Director of Project Reconciliation. We thank 
Margie for sharing the materials and photos with us.) 

By Hubert H, Evers 

August 25th, 1944 

My Dear Son: 

B irthdays are looked forward to by the young with pleasant anticipation, while 
by the older, with dread. But I'm sure there are none who have not looked 
forward to their 21st birthday with not only pleasant anticipation but a feeling 
of wonder at just what if any difference it will make in their own position in life, society 


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and government. It might be said that one is "over the hill” when he reaches his 21st year, 
but as to that permit vve of the half century, that bit of pleasure - that WE have just reached 
the peak of our climb ness, disappointments, not too much play and enough of hard work 
to prove to yourself and all those who know you that you are of the right stuff, that you 
can take it. For your mother and me the past 21 years have been filled with pride and 
happiness because of you and your qualities, and for me there has been sadness because 
of my inability to be with you more in your childhood. We have often felt moments of 
anxiety about you. but never have we worried about your morals or conduct. There were 
times when your failure to remember to execute orders to the letter irritated us. only to be 
shown in more recent years that the reasons for those lapses were caused by an active mind 
regarding things other than the homely task of the moment. 

Throughout these busy years the time your mother and I have given to your physical 
welfare are paying wonderful dividends not only because of our ow n efforts, but because 



HUBERT EVERS is believed to be holding the umbrella in the middle of the 
boat with the oar, and according to the information that was on the edge of the 
picture, it was at Lake Eliza. Hubert’s youngest daughter Marjorie said she believes 
the woman with him might have been his first wife Clara Whitelock.of Metropolis. 
Hubert and Clara had two children, Cynthia and Hester. 


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you have done your part to maintain your strong body and mind. 

Many events will come to your mind as remits that at the time seemed of great 
importance. Actually they were too. but not in the way that you looked at them at that time. 
Many of those things that caused you no end of mental disturbance and disappointment at 
the moment or for a day really did something toward shaping your life, or the living of your 
life today. Those have been long years haven't they, way back when you were peddling 
magazines, etc. 

I'm sure all those who know you will say without hesitation that you have spent those 
21 years well. The next 21 will be the period in which things of large importance will 
transpire. The years in school ahead of you, the completion of those years and the launching 
of your life's work with its continued and limitless opportunity to learn. Your marriage! Ah, 
there will be the big, high spot in your life. That day can either make or break some men. 
To the one who enters it solemnly, sincerely and a clear mind, with a mate who is equally 
sincere and whose viewpoints are parallel with yours, marriage will be a blessing, tho by 
no means always smooth. 1 hope to live to witness that acrimony and many of the years 
beyond. I hope to be around to lend a hand when it is needed, noting the domestic portion 


HUBERT EVERS is in his World War I uniform here as he enjoys an afternoon 
with his second wilfe Frances Kortez Evers. They had three children, Josephine, 
Charles, and Marjorie. 


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of the life but that it might run more smoothly. 

Well these things and many more, have I looked forward to saying to you upon your 
21st birthday and I'm thankful I have lived to do it. I'm more than sorry that you cannot 
be home with us, but we have tried to make it as pleasant for you as possible by way of the 
mail. 

Little did I ever think years ago when I took you to the doctor and had your legs put 
in casts in order that you might not suffer the defonnities of crooked legs due to your 
excess weight, that in the comparatively few years you would be flying through the air. 
master of the harnessed power around you, tilting, climbing, diving, rolling and dying 
with each change of your notion or as the requirements demand. Although you have done 
wonderfully w ell son, do not relax your vigilance an instant. All of the things for w hich you 
have worked to date are yet to be done and enjoyed and one moment of relaxation at the 
wrong time can min that or some of it. There is one thing that given your mother and me 
a lot of comfort of mind and that is our confidence in you to use good judgment in flying 
after you do learn how' to do the things required to fly. 

For all these things we are thankful, Charles, reverently thankful for you. as you are. 
Keep it up my boy, and your life will continue to be a blessing to the world. 

All our love. 


* * * 

Railroads to Window Shades to Drapes to Floors 

(EDITOR ’S NOTE: Frances Emma Henrietta Evers , whose maiden name was Kortc, 
was born Oct. 28, 1894, in St. Louis, Mo. Frances married Hubert Huffman Evers, the 
youngest son of James A. L. Evers, when World War l was ending. His daughter Marjorie, 
who lives in Dyer, Ind., wrote most of this in the early 1990s, and we are grateful for her 
sharing it and photographs with us.) 

By Marjorie Ann Evers S tee re 

I find this [Evers] connection so exciting at this late stage of my life. My lather. 
Hubert Evers, was a self made man. After serving in France during World War I. 
he worked as a telegrapher for the Illinois Central Railroad. He and my mother 
met in St Louis before he was discharged. They married and moved to I larvev, III., where 
he worked for the RR and started his business as a flooring contracter. As a matter of fact 


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he started it in 1929, just as the Depression started. His 
work on the RR kept the family going while the business 
developed. It was very successful. 

Charles Kortz came to this country at the age of 18 
from Germany. His family there was innkeepers in the 
Black Forest. He had a green coverlet used by the Kaiser 
who visited their inn. Others in his family, brothers I 
believe, were meat packers. These brothers at one time 
offered to sponsor a trip to Germany for the family, but 
the father would not hear of it. for he had cut all ties and 
association with the “‘Old Country” when he came here. 

He even objected to his grandchildren studying German 
in school, as they were Americans, and could have no 
need that he could see of being concerned w ith another 
language. He became a designer of chandeliers and other 
lighting fixtures, including those in the Missouri State Capitol building. 

He married [mother Emma] the daughter of an older St. Louis family, named Fager, 
also German. Fager had been a fur trader with the Indians who brought their pelts to St. 
Louis. Charles and Emma Kortz had a son and daughter. 

Their daughter was a very active person who enjoyed the friendship of a large group 
of girls in her youth, and who when she married and moved to Harvey in Illinois, estab- 
lished a great many friendships that lasted through her remaining life. 

Frances Kortz met Hubert Evers when Evers was being mustered out of the Army 
after the close of World War I. On separation from the Service he returned to work for the 
Illinois Central Rail Road as a telegrapher and was assigned to Chicago. He arranged to 
buy a house in Harvey and returned to St. Louis to marry. They returned to Harvey in an 
epic snowstorm. On wading through the snow to the house, she found that he not only had 
bought a house, but also famished it with furniture and all the equipment he thought she 
might need, including pots and pans. However, for lack of heat, pipes throughout the house 
were broken and the place was virtually uninhabitable. 

For supplemental income during the early years, they had several schoolteachers and 
some men who were office workers in factories in town rooming and boarding with them. 
Frances did their washing and ironing as well for several years. While the income from 
working on the railroad was steady and offered considerable security, it was limited, a con- 
dition with which Hubert and Frances were not satisfied. Hubert sold window shades also 
for a while; going about town with a box of shades on his shoulder and a bag of tools in his 
other hand to make installations. One day someone asked him if he also did drapery work 



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and he said yes, he did. He got one drapery job after another, learning as he progressed. 
He'd buy the material, cut it out on a large table he built for the that purpose in the base- 
ment. and Frances would do the sewing, always frightened b\ the cost of the materials. 
Eventually he obtained the contract to furnish draperies for a grade school auditorium in 
a nearby town. He made the measure- 
ments, bought the enormous amount of 
material, cut it out in the basement, and 
Frances sewed it all together on her por- 
table Singer. When he took it to install, 
she knew if he brought it back she'd die. 

He didn't bring it back. Those draperies 
were used over 20 years, but Hubert and 
Frances did not make another drapery. 

In his later business activity she 
worked with him as bookkeeper and of- 
fered support in every feasible way. 



MARJORIE EVERS STEELE is shown in the top photo with her husband 
Richard. Their two sons, Rick and Gary, are pictured in the lower photo with 
Richard holding Gary’s son Brian. 





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Ch. 15 


Lower Salem: On A Hill, Far A way. . . 

By Byron L. Evers 

W hen singing certain gospel hymns, such as Amazing Grace , The Old 
Rugged Cross , or Will the Circle Be Unbroken . we sometimes get a lump 
in our throats. Visitors to the Lower Salem Church Cemetery can almost 
hear such soft tunes to these and other religious favorites even though the third (and final) 
church building and piano disappeared half-a-century ago. Birds are still chirping in the 
tall oak trees, while rabbits and deer bound about, sometimes stopping to munch on the 
lush grass. If you pause long enough, you might even hear Luther I . Evers leading his 
Sunday school class in singing Oh Happy Day. or catch the last of a sermon by the Rev. 



Volney Cicero Evers, who baptized Luther here in the 1800s. It is a beautiful, wooded hill 
in Southern Illinois, located on the west side of Massac County, about two or three miles 
from the Ohio River. Our oldest Evers ancestors were very dedicated to the Lower Salem 
Church’s success in the 19 lh and 20 th Centuries, and many of them made this their final 
resting place. 

“I forget his name, but I can remember that each Memorial Day when I was a kid, there 
was an elderly man who would almost always show up there, and he had survived the Civil 
War," said Luther’s youngest son, the Rev. Joseph C. Evers, in 2009, ‘‘Papa used to tell all 

of us kids to 'Go on over there and listen to what 
he has to say. Go on, he'll talk to you.”’ 

An article titled ‘'Lower Salem Church History 
Recalled” appeared in the Metropolis News 
weekly newspaper on April 25, 1968. Much of the 
information written by Glerrna Badgley came from 
the Methodist Conference Journals, the cemetery 
itself, and neighbors in the area, such as Mr. and 
Mi’s. Perry' Little, She mentions the Everses were 
among the people who were charter members or 
those who had an early great influence. The article 
points out that all three churches built on the 
location were “truly community projects” by those 
who loved their Lord. 

The Salem name came from, the last five letters 
of Jerusalem. Organized Methodism for Illinois 
started about 1803 when Benjamin Young was 
sent as a circuit preacher to the territory, before 
statehood. It is believed that the first Lower Salem 
Church building was constructed out of logs in 1 859. That is around the same time that the 
sons of William Evers were crossing the Ohio River and moving from Kentucky into this 
western part of the county in anticipation of the coming War Between the States. People 
in the area near Boaz, Kamak, Grand Chain, and Hillerman had to completely rebuild the 
church in 1 869 after the original one was destroyed by a tornado. 

Records during the 1800s are still kept by Lower Salem Church caretakers. A century 
old notebook entrusted to them reveals that James A.L. Evers and other members of 
the Evers family were active with the church. One entry states that JALE drove a team 



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of horses into town to purchase fencing and posts to put around the cemetery behind 
(east) of the Lower Salem Church. The bark on a few of the older trees there have 
completely grown around, and trapped some heavy, very rusty barb wire that might 
have been originally nailed to them by JALE. At least that is what three of his great- 
great grandsons imagined when visiting there in 2007. 

Grace Bavless Woods wrote an article in 1987 at the age of 85 for the Metropolis 
News, and a newsletter, saying. “Lower Salem Church was the center of most anything that 
happened in the community... Just over the hill to the west was Ark Store. It’s gone now: 
this general store was owned and operated by Luther Morehead. This is where ice cream 
socials were held quite often... Epworth League was held on Sunday nights [and] was the 
real social part of the Church. Conducted largely by the young folks (howev er attended 
by all). Revival services were always an exciting time, too. The Church would always be 
crowded... Lots of singing, guests speakers and other entertainment - always with a big 
basket dinner. A time to see relatives, old friends and make new acquaintances!” 

The Lower Salem Church congregation eventually outgrew the second building, so about 
30 years later another church 
w'as moved to the location, 
and restored to accommodate 
them. However, like what 
has occurred with so many 
rural churches, declining 
attendance resulted in Lower 
Salem closing in 1965. Not 
long after that the decaying 
wood and a leak)' roof forced 
caretakers to tear down the 
building so no one would be 
hurt if it collapsed. 

The oldest tombstones 
remaining in the cemetery 
section are located at the very 
top of the hill on the southeast 
side. There are more than a 
dozen Evers graves, starting 
in the mid- 1800s, including 





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John Alexander Evers and his wife Cynthia Brookshire Evers. We do not know if William 
Evers (born in 1 770), who was John's father and our oldest known ancestor, is buried there. 
Based upon Luther's 1931 writings, William is most likely buried in Kentucky. 

John and Cynthia Evers’ tombstones were still standing upright in September 1961 
when Florence Evers made two of the pictures (far left) accompanying this article. I recall 
many times each summer as a child helping my parents load up an old push mower into the 
trunk of our car to go and cut the grass, pull w eeds, reset tombstones, and place flowers on 
the graves at Lower Salem, the old Kennedy Cemetery (near Interstate Highway 24) and 
the Masonic Cemetery in Metropolis. It would take the entire weekend, but back then, it 
was just accepted as something that we should do each Memorial Day out of respect for our 
ancestors. 

Mother Nature eventually took a toll on everything, and by the new millennium the 
thin, oldest tombstones at Lower Salem were so fragile that they had broken. They were 
sinking and almost completely disappearing into the ground. John and Cynthia Evers' great 
grandson, James Paul Evers (Florence’s husband), was thrilled on July 29, 2004. when at 
the age of 96 he was well enough to get out of the hospital so he could go and w atch some 
of the younger Evers cousins dig up the broken tombstones, and then scrub, repair and reset 
them as best as they could (see photos). 

Paul, Luther’s oldest son, recalled many memories about attending church at this 
location as a child, and he was christened here in 1908. "I'd get on my horse and pull 
(brother) Rolland up in front of me and (sister) Frances behind me. Papa would follow us 
with the rest of the kids and Mother in the buggy.” 

Descendents of the Evers families will definitely need to check and maintain the 
tombstones if they do not want them to disappear forever. Since all of us live elsewhere 
now, we need to be aware of the situation, and perhaps organize a maintenance schedule, 
or help with funds needed by caretakers. Two possibilities might be to (A) place the broken 
gravestones on a large granite base and cover them with a UV stabilized clear polyethylene 
that is scratchproof, or (B) purchase new, more durable engraved stones, which is what 
Luther did for his parents. The broken markers cleaned up only four years ago by the Evers 
cousins are deteriorating, and again starting to sink into the ground (bottom right photo). 

Local volunteers and the Lower Salem Cemetery Association welcome help in mowing 
and maintaining it. In recent years, Don and Delores Canada have helped organize Memorial 
Day clean-ups, and collect badly needed donations for maintenance. In a letter to Paul, they 
wrote, "We are trying to generate interest and do what we can to have this hallowed ground 
financially secure. We really need to get the younger generation interested, ’tou may want 


to contact them In Karnak to assist in preserving this historical site that was so special to 
Evers ancestors. 

Besides the Evers family connection to the Lower Salem Church, Luther’s wife Ethel 
Bayless’s ancestors were also important to its success. Ethel’s grandparents, Jacob and 
Eliza Miller, gave land for the older part of the cemetery. 

Below is a list of Everses buried at Lower Salem, according to the 1992 Massac County 
Genealogical Society s Cemeteries, Book Two: 

Harriett Evers Ferguson (1886-1958), 

Infant Son of Albert & Myrtle Evers (1898), 

James A.L. Evers (1843-1910), 

Anna Eliza Evers (1850-1918), 

Inez Pauline Evers (1908), 

John W. Evers (1867-1883), 

Eliza Jane Evers { 1 874), 

Hugh M. Evers (1872), 

Albeit W. Evers ( 1 869-1934), 

John A. Evers 1806-1868), 

Cynthia Evers (1814-1865), 

James O. Evers (18784926), 

Lucy Evers (1881-1964), 

Johnnie A. Evers (1907-1917). 

There are several other nearby locations where members of the early Evers settlers are 
buried. 

The next closest one is a little over a mile to the south of Lower Salem, on the same 
road and not too far from the site of James A.L. Evers’ original log cabin. Since it has not 
been maintained by anyone for decades, this Copeland Cemetery is in very bad shape. It 
is on private ground, and according to the Genealogical Society’s publication, it is located 
just off County Road 100E, and access is through the first gate that goes into a field. It is 
'top the hill behind it and to the right of the bam and livestock pens... Some of the stones 
have fallen over and are almost buried in the ground.’’ Josua S. Copeland (1813-1895) and 
wife Caroline Evers Copeland (1833-1916) are buried there, along with Nancy K. Evers 
(1822-1889). Two young sons of James Robert and Nancy Evers, and a daughter, are also 
there - Joseph N. (1852-1857), Wesley R. (1854-1857), and Martha C (1858-1859). 

There are too many to list, but probably the most Massac County Evers family members 
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side of North Avenue. This is right aeross the road from Luther's home where he died. 
Masonie is where he. his two wives, several children, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren, 
etc. are buried. 

In his 1970s writings, Harry Owen Evers. Sr. points out that there are many family 
members from his line of relatives buried at the Anderson Cemetery, near Boaz, about two 
miles north of Lower Salem. They include his great-grandfather Joseph Nathan Evers, who 
was bom in 1819, and was the youngest brother of John Alexander Evers. A photograph 
from the James Paul Evers family album show dozens of well-dressed people originally 
believed to be at Lower Salem, but because it is so flat, it is probably Anderson. 

Owen’s parents and several other Evers are buried at the Belknap Masonic Cemetery 
in Johnson County. “This (Belknap) is a beautiful and well-kept cemetery on top of a big 
hill, with a marvelous view of the surrounding country-side.” Owen wrote about 30 years 
ago. “On the Sunday preceding Memorial Day, May 30 lh in Illinois, the old and young alike 
gather at the cemetery to place flowers on the graves. At noon a basket dinner is enjoyed 
and the people gather to visit and talk of the good old days. Owen and Ruth Evers have 
contributed to the erection of a large shelter, so that the inclement weather will not prevent 
this annual gathering.” 

There are also Everses and other relatives buried in Western Kentucky’s Graves and 
McCracken Counties, where William’s sons farmed for two decades before moving across 
the Ohio River to Southern Illinois. 


For those of you who are now located in other parts of the nation, take comfort in John 
A. Evers' pre-Civil War writing, saying it does not matter where we are buried, but "Let us 
so live that we may meet around our father's throne in heaven.” 



THE REV. JOSEPH EVERS believes that this old photo taken around 1900 
and in the Evers family album, may be at the Anderson Church in Boaz. 


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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
Martha Evers Boaz 

John David Evers Boaz (1867-1943) 


Ch. 16 

Cynthia & John Elope in 1827 

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was originally written in Salem, III., on April 10, 
1 940, by John David Evers Boaz. He was the son of Martha Evers and James Boaz. Martha 
was the daughter of John Alexander Evers and Cynthia Brookshire. We are thankful for 
it being made available by Laura Schultes of Bowling Green, Ohio. In Jim Wiedeman’s 
artwork above, it appears as though John, a school teacher, was concerned about the 
spelling of the states as they prepare to cross the Ohio River near Hillerman, III.] 

By John David Evers Boaz 

B ack in North Carolina, on the Yadkin River, in Yadkin County near Yadkin, 
North Carolina, was born a little girl they named "Cynthia”. When Cynthia 
was seven years of age, her father, having left Cynthia's mother, left the 
little girl with her grandmother and set out for Kentucky; then the frontier country 
of the United States. He hewed out a home in the wilderness, near what is now 
Hopkinsville. He was gone nine years, then returned for his little girl, who was now 



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sixteen and well educated for a girl of that tender age. He thought to take her with 
him and let her be his home-keeper. Dutiful Cynthia went with her father, riding the 
whole trip behind her father, horseback. We are not told how long it took them to 
make the six hundred mile trip. However, they arrived at the new home in due time 
and things get interesting almost from the day of arrival. 

As was the custom then, and even to this day, a housewarming part} was given in 
honor of the young house-keeper, so lovely and educated. It was thought proper to get 
someone to entertain Cynthia who was like herself, (was) refined and well educated. In 
the community was John Alexander Evers, a young teacher whose father. William Evers, 
immigrated from Pennsylvania some years after the Revolution, settling in that part of 
Kentucky . Someone made a grave mistake, so far as John Henry Brookshire was concerned: 
for that very evening John A. Evers and Cynthia Brookshire fell deeply in love and eloped 
three months later and were married [in 1827]. They went by horse-back, she riding behind 
him, to the Ohio River. They took a boat and were married on the Illinois side, near Old 
Massac Fort. They settled in Kentucky in what is now Graves County. To them were bom 
eleven children, three sons and eight daughters. Their home was on the hill near what is 
now Boaz, Kentucky. It is still standing as late as 1895. for I taught school just across the 
public road, and a little farther north. As it was during my country farm life, three miles 
away, it was a nice two-story frame, well finished inside and out. It once belonged to my 
Uncle John Brown who married my father’s next to youngest sister. He partly reared his 
family there. 

John Henry Brookshire of course had to look for another housekeeper and having 
done so, settled near his daughter and very near the home in which I was reared. He 
lived to be near one hundred, having reared five or six children by the second wife. 

John A. Evers was a teacher, as has been said, and in later years I taught my first 
school in the same district, Eakers No. 73, Graves County. I did not know this until 
one day one of my Trustees, meeting me in the road, said: "Mr. Boaz, you remind me 
of your grandfather. You look like him, you talk like him and you teach like him.” This 
was during my second school year, after I really began to show what sort of a teacher 
I was really making. I said: "Which one of my grandfathers are you talking about?” He 
said: "Your grandfather Evers. I went to school to him right here in this district; and 
he was a good teacher too.” I was proud of the accomplishment and was advised of 
something I never knew, up to this time. My mother may have told me but surely did 
not understand just where and when he taught. 1 was only one-year-old when he died. 
My mother always said: "You don’t remember your grandfather but he held you in his 


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lap once." I think it was at the time when they came to the trial of a man who killed 
William Evers, father of James Pryor Evers. 

John A. Evers was a slave-holder, but some years before the Civil War he had said 
to Cynthia: "Let's sell out of the mess." This, however, was some time after Cynthia had 
said one day, when John Alexander Evers was going to a Negro sale: "Let's not buy any 
more slaves, John." John didn't buy, but sold what he had that very day, or very soon. 
John was like the rest of us, he minded his Cynthia, but he did it in such a way that it 
looked like it was really his idea. All husbands know and will understand. Yes, they 
did sell out and settled in Massac County, Illinois, near "Jimmy” and in a few years his 
sons’ guns turned the other way, for they were in the Union Army. Grandfather Evers 
and Cynthia lie buried at Old Salem, eighteen miles out of Metropolis, Illinois, west 
and north. It is in a well-kept M.E. Church cemetery and they have nice stones at the 
head. 

I will not include the names of the Evers family here, but will say this: I can begin at 
Chicago, stop in a dozen towns on the way down to Cairo and stop with own cousins. 
Massac County is full of our people and they are real Evers, ready to greet you in the 
Evers way and entertain you as such. 

William Evers was in the War of 1812 and fought with Jackson at the Battle of 
New Orleans. Should you ever visit Mammoth Cave, and you should, in there you 
may see where they made saltpeter, used in making gunpowder. I feel sure that Great 
Grandfather Evers was one of the numbers of soldiers who helped in that work. 
Kentuckians made their mark at N.O. being mentioned in Jackson's report to the 
Government. Wm. Evers was among that division of men. 

Knowing that our people of the Evers side came from Pennsylvania, in later years 
I became curious to learn, if possible, just from what part. I chanced to get hold of a 
telephone directory of Pittsburgh. My, in the E's all who were not Evans bore the name 
Evers it seemed, so many were they. So, it sure looks reasonable they came from near 
Pittsburgh, PA. 

This is about the full foundation of what we know of the Evers family in America. 
1 know the Boaz family clear back to 1732, Scotland, emigrating to Ireland and later, 
1747 to Virginia, 


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William Evers 


John Alexander Evers 

William Henry Warren Evers 

James Pryor Evers (1862-1946) 



Ch. 17 

Attorney Discusses Slavery, Civil War, 
Steamboat Captains & Good Husbands 

(EDITOR 'S NOTE: The following is a letter written on April 19, 1940, by former 
Tulsa, Okla., District Attorney James Piyor Evers, who was the great grandson of William 
Evers. It is presented here in the same wording he used in writing to his children: James 
Taylor and Mary ■> Jane Evers. We are thankful for it being made available by Laura Schultes 
of Bowling Green, Ohio.) 

My Dear Children: 

I don't want you to think I have neglected to express my appreciation to you for 
this, but commencing in life, the world before you, it is with great pride that 1 find 
you wishing to know your people, and what 1 know personally, and from tradition, 
in addition to what I have said, I will try and introduce you. the family, as best I can. 

I must say and with pride, that in looking over the list you will not find any blot on the 
character of anyone of the family on either side, and you may with full confidence, go into 


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the future with full confidence, as we Kentuckians like to say, believing the blood is pure. 

After telling of the information. Father LJ. Evers, of the Bowery Mission — some 
time in the past - showing the Evers race being derived from France, called “Hivers”, 
carried North in the early Northern invasion, and adopting the English tongue, and having 
the "h” silent, down to the Ivers, and the “I” being short, dropped the "S“ for an “e”. making 
it “Evers”. I hope you may be able to contact Father LJ Evers, or some of his family and 
learn more of this line and tell me more about it. 

1 will commence for further information with John Henry Brookshire of North Carolina, 
father of Cynthia Brookshire, who married John Alexander Evers in Graves County. 
Kentucky. 

John Henry Brookshire lived in Graves County, Kentucky, and died at the age of 98, 
having remarried, left quite a family, 2 sons, Thomas and Henry Brookshire, and quite a 
line of girls. 

John Henry Brookshire came to Graves County, Kentucky (by) horseback and blazed 
out a home where fine lands were being sold for $0.25 per acre, and then went back to 
North Carolina and brought his daughter, Cynthia, 600 miles, she riding behind him on the 
same horse. Soon after they arrived she met Grandfather, John Alexander Evers, a young 
schoolteacher from Pennsylvania; and after six months of courtship they were married 
and lived in Graves, Kentucky until 1858. Then he brought his Negro slaves to the Negro 
Market and sold them and moved to Illinois. 

He lived just east of what is now Boaz Station, Kentucky and lived in a two-story 
frame house that is known today as the old Evers Home. 

Their children bom to them were; my father, William Henry Warren Evers, who 
married Nancy Syrena Pryor, daughter of John and Elizabeth Pryor, James Albert Lafayette 
Evers, Joplin. Illinois, who married Elizabeth McGee, John Wesley Evers, who married 
Quinna Jetts, Metropolis, Illinois, Martha Evers, who married James Boaz, Graves County, 
Kentucky, Louisa Helen Evers, who married Roland Green, Graves County, Kentucky, 
Caroline Evers, who married Joshua Copeland, Illinois; one time County Judge, Massac 
County, Illinois. Zarelda Evers, who married Dr. James Covington, Ballard County, 
Kentucky; Margaret Evers, who married Calvin Johnson Ray who was killed at the time 
my father was killed. Afterwards she married Joseph Guant, Joplin, Illinois. Hattie Evers, 
who manned Frank Willis, Ballard County, Kentucky; Nancy Evers, who married Calvin 
Peeler, Illinois. Jane Evers, who married Jesse Green, Grave County, Kentucky. 

Grandfather Evers, John Wesley Evers, James Albert Lafayette Evers, and my father 
were union men and all except father and grandfather served under General Grant, father 


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having married and living in the Confederate influence near grandfather. John Pryor, a 
slave owner, he never enlisted in the army on either side. 

This is the line coming down from the families Brookshire and Evers. 

Father married Nancy Syrena Pryor, whose father was John Pryor, and mother Elizabeth 
Davis Pryor. Grandmother Pryor was closely related to JetTerson Davis, a daughter of 
Arthur Davis a pioneer who was a farmer, a lawy er and State Senator in the early days. 

Her (Nancy Syrena) brothers and sisters, she being the oldest: James Arthur Pryor 
joined the Confederate Army, killed at Murphysborough. Tennessee, November, 1862. 
John Pryor, same army, killed at Franklin. Tennessee, 1863, flag bearer for General Tyler. 
William Elbert Pryor, served in same army and came home, died a few years ago. Elizabeth 
Pryor, who married Thomas K. Weed, Marshall County, Kentucky. Sinia Pryor, who 
married Edward T. Hall, Edward Taylor Hall claiming close relation to President Zacary 
Taylor, Graves County, Kentucky. Margaret Pryor, who married Dr. Benj. T. Hall. 

Father and mother’s family (married 1852). Mary Francis died in infancy. Samuel Lee. 
died in infancy. Cynthia Elizabeth Evers died when 18 years of age, never married. James 
Pry or Evers, the writer of this. Susan William Johnston Evers, a baby when father and 
Uncle Calvin were killed, is the one I called '"Susie” and mother and Aunt Margaret Ray, 
adding the Johnston for their dead husband. 

I married Dr. Pleasant Green Reed’s daughter, Laura Clara Reed, and Verna and your 
father were bom, and then James Albert Evers died in infancy and Viva Evers died in 
infancy. 

My sister, Susan William Johnston Evers, married George Kendrick Feezor. and thev 
are both dead. 

They had four daughters, one married a State Senator, and one a Baptist Preacher, and 
the others farmers, all happily situated and living honorable lives. 

Back to grandfather Evers, as I have said, he came from Pennsylvania and his Father. 
William, settled in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, and went to General Jackson's 
division and fought in the battle of New Orleans. Nathan Evers settled in Illinois. 

I told you the Evers men made good husbands and I know' it will not be changed in this 
case. I know James loves his wife and I know she will never regret this union. Grandfather 
Evers had a brother who was the Captain of the Steamboat ’Turk" a packet running from 
New Orleans to St. Louis. He invited Martha, my eldest aunt to visit his home in New 
Orleans, and as being the custom of those day, and Hickman, Kentucky, being the closest 
steamboat landing. Grandfather Evers and Aunt Martha rode horseback, luggage carried in 
saddle bags to Hickman. Kentucky and while the boat was in port Grandlather livers wrote 


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a letter, a copy of which is enclosed herein, giving her his blessings, and instructions on the 
trip, and you will see the character of the letter. Times have very much changed since that 
date, but it will help you see the character of man Grandfather Evers was. 

The Pryor family came from Virginia, and two Great Grandfathers, James Pryor and 
Jonathan Pryor, came together at the early date and bought up large acres of land in this 
western Kentucky; a brother went to Mississippi, and one to New York, and Roger Q. 
Pryor, a famous New York lawyer, was the same family and raised from the family tree 
with the same degree as mother; one of the Pryors, William Pryor was on the Court of 
Appeals bench in Kentucky; Grandfather Pryor has one brother, Andrew Jackson Pryor 
who was a captain in the Confederate Army. All of these men served in the General Forest 
Division. Western Tennessee. 

My Piyor family was, man to man. Confederates and democrats and the Evers family, 
man to man. Union men and republicans. 

Grandfather Pryor, from his father Great Grandfather Pryor, with his children 
Grandfather got enough land to his part to give to everyone of his children 160 acres of 
land, except Aunt Margaret who marred Dr. Benj. T. Hall. He gave her 640 acres, the home 
place, she was his baby, and agreed to their marriage conditioned that Dr. Benj. T. Hall live 
with him and use his home and riding stock from the home place - Rather hard on a young, 
poor country doctor, 1 should think - don't you think so? 

In after years, should there be added to your line others, remember there is no stain on 
the family blood, the Brookshires, Evers, or Pryors. They left a clean name and have stood 
in high esteem. 

Mother owned Simp, Sally, and Mariah. colored slaves. Grandfather gave them to her. 
They were brothers and sisters. Grandfather owned when slavery was ended, 35 slaves; 
they all left except Mariah. a little black girl who lived with mother until mother's death, 
we called her "Aunt Winnie”. After mother's death she lived with Mannie, a half sister of 
mine until she died. 

Down south cemeteries were kept separate, yet, in the Bolton Grave Yard, it was the 
wishes of the whole family that she (Mariah) has a place with the white families of this grave 
yard and she lies with those that she loved and that loved her. She was a great character 
and the last thing I did before I left Kentucky for Oklahoma was to have a tombstone 
prepared, and Kinny Feezor, sister Susie’s husband, carried this to the grave yard on the 
spring cleaning day and we erected this stone to her grave. It had cost me $45.00 and 
everyone wanted to help pay, and a hat was placed down on the grave and the contributors 
dropped, and 1 placed a receipted bill as my part of the cost and contributions and donations 


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more than (covered) the $45.00 to the up-keep of the grave. 

Again telling you both that you did me a great pleasure and Honor in paying me this 
visit, and remember always, we Evers love our people and love theirs. The delay was 
occasioned by waiting to have a little more of the traditions of the family from John D. E. 
Boaz, son of Martha Boaz, now of Salem, Illinois. 

I went to the funeral of Uncle James Evers, and at the Methodist Church at Old Salem 
Church about 10 miles northwest of Metropolis, Illinois, saw the well kept grave yard on 
the top of a high hill, and there the remembrance of Grandfather Evers and Grandmother 
Evers were marked by nice substantial tombstones. Illinois is covered by family relations. 
Evers, Peelers, and Copelins[Copeland?]. Aunt Martha never gave us any children. 

Pardon me for the bad writing and formation, but hope the outlined history from 
personal knowledge and traditions will in some way answer to request and I am pleased to 
know you desired it. 

Lots of love to both of you, 

James Pryor Evers 


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Ch. 18 

Educational Whipping at Schoolhouse; 
Union & Confederate Cousins Don't Mix 

(EDITOR ’S NOTE: There are two sections of this chapter. The first is written by the 
grandson of John A. Evers, recalling some early childhood memories. The second section 
is the wording of a resolution by Oklahoma attorneys to honor him, James Pry’or Evers. 
The original resolution was a copy that has been copied several times and is now veiy 
difficult to read. It was retyped as written and provided by Laura Schultes.] 

By James Pryor Evers 

W illiam Mitchell, commonly called “’Bill" Mitchell, had taught school at 
the old Dogwood schoolhouse, and had a reputation for ‘'whipping' 5 and 
Harvey Shelton teaching first school. Naturally, I was scared of teachers, 
and had never been whipped at home. I could not say my lessons and could not recite or 
name the letters, and was of course threatened with a whipping if I did not recite them the 


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next time I came up. I got the whipping on the third day of sehool and was plaeed in the 
class with Wash Mallory, Rybum Dupree and others who had taken the rap and had no 
shame of punishment. 

Some time following this. Harvey Shelton was sick and his brother William Shelton 
came to hand the school until Harvey could return. He took me between his knees and then 
up in his lap and never asked about the lessons, but got to talking about the home folks. 
Mother. Grandfather, and my Pryor Aunts, and the next time I was called for lessons. 1 
recited every thing, and found my place in school. But that was close to the end of school. 
On account of the “whipping” scare, and the "whippings” - and there were many while 
ganging with Wash Mallory and Rybum Dupree - it was a little too late to help that year. 

This subject would not be complete without a description of the old Dogwood 
sehoolhouse. It was better than a mile from home and an uncle, with a poeketknife. blazed a 
trail through the woods from the house to the school, where sister Cynthia Elizabeth, called 
“Betty ” had made a path to school. It was a log house, stick and dirt chimney, an opening 
on the west side, no glass, closed by a wooden hinge, 3 by 3 opening to let in the light. In 
the south end of the house were two logs cut out and 2/3 of the distance across the house, 
back end, this gave light from the south side, and was closed by what was proudly called 
the "desk.” consisting of a long plank, fastened to wooden hinges and when let down made 
a place where we used to write, and when closed up it shut out the rain and w ind. There was 
not a piece of glass large enough to scrape a bow-and-arrow about the whole house. The 
door was in the east and also had wooden hinges, and opened back to the left as one came 
in. A large box, also called a desk, was nailed to the southeast corner where our books were 
piled in at night. At the left hand side of the door was a wooden paddle, about 12 inches 
long. One side was burned the letters “IN” and on the other side the word "OU'l ". A hole 
was in the handle in which was inserted a string, and the board was hung on a nail. I he 
rule was at no time could two persons be out at the same time. This rule, however, like all 
others, could be avoided. When the board showed “IN" anyone could make a run tor it. 
throw it on “OUT” and go out, and to avoid this it was often thrown over to show "01 1 1 
so that two of us could be out at the same time, thus avoiding the rule ot the teacher. 

The floor of this school house was floored with boxing material and the ceiling rough 
poles across the room and boxing laid on the pole and lapped, and where they lapped is 
where the teacher kept his switch, and taller pupils placed their school books on the lapped 
boards. 

So the old Dogwood school house passed away and a new building [was built] out 
of hewed logs, glass windows, wood stove, brick flue and hand-made two seat desks. 


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black boards, hand made, and hand painted, and in this house I gained my common school 
education until 1881, while I was working on the farm and the crops having failed, in some 
respects. Dr. Hall suggested that I was sufficiently informed and educated to teach school 
and stand examination for teacher's certificate. And in the summer of 1881 I stood the 
examination and took a First Grade 4~year certificate and taught one school the fall 1 was 
19 years old. 

After this, 1 spent one term with a preparatory school at Paducah, Kentucky under Prof. 
H.F. Lyon, teacher, or head of this school, and in the course of the year commenced the 
study of law, and on the 3 rd Monday in April, 1888, was admitted to the bar at Mayfield. 
Kentucky, where I practiced until May 1, 1911, when 1 moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, having 
remained the practice in Tulsa since. 

[EDITOR 'S NOTE: The writing that follows comes from some basic notes JPE had 
that were edited into complete sentence format, but the previous writing is presented in the 
exact wording the former Tulsa , Okla., attorney wrote in the early 1900s.] 

While living in Western Kentucky in the mid 1800s, James Pryor Evers was raised in a 
Confederate home and surroundings “within a short distance of three of his father's sisters, 
who were Union people, and knew little of them, until about ten years of age.” The sisters 
were Martha Evers, who married James Boaz, Jane Evers, who married Jessie Green, and 
Louisa Evers, who married Roland Green. 

All of them have “large families and on account of the war prejudices between the 
Confederates and the Unions, had no information of the close residences of his cousins, 
and not until about 1872 before he visited, first, Jesse Green's family, and Orlando Green’s 
family, and then James Boaz’s family, did he become acquainted with his cousins.” 

William Henry Warren Evers and Nancy Syrena Pryor Evers had five children: Mary 
Francis, bom 1856, died of Scarlet fever, 1858; Samuel Lee, bom 1858, died of Scarlet 
fevers, 1858; Cynthia Elizabeth, bom Oct. 18, 1860, died Oct. 18, 1878; James Pryor, bom 
Nov. 27, 1862; and Susan William Johnson, born Sept. 20, 1862 (doubtful date). 

James Pryor Evers started his education in 1868 when he was six-years-oid, learning 
to read “a little" and spell up to 'Baker' in the old blueback speller. 

James Pryor Evers married Laura Clara Reed, Paducah, Ky., Jan. 12, 1884. 

Vema V. Evers, bom Oct. 31, 1884, married J.S. Burradell. 

William Pleasant Valentine Evers, born July 3, 1886, married Lurline Taylor. James 
Albert Evers, bom 1888, died 1888. 

Viva Evers, bom 1892, died 1892. 

Wife died March 28, 1892. 


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William Pleasant Valentine Evers, physician and surgeon, practicing in Ohio, has as his 
line: 

James Taylor Evers, born July 19. 1912. 

Laura Jane Evers, bom June 20, 1916 [Date incorrect - December 1. 1916J. 

James Taylor Evers finished his high school education. 1928, and took two years in 
Miami University, at Oxford. Ohio, and is now in his second year in Mechanical Engineering 
at Mass. Tech School. 


RESOLUTION 

JAMES PRYOR EVERS, affectionately known to his friends and members of the 
Bar as "J.P.” or "Jim’', was bom November 27, 1862, in Graves County Kentucky, and 
died on February 7, 1946, at his home, 1919 South Wheeling Street, Tulsa Oklahoma. 

J.P.. or Jim, commenced his education in 1868 by being tutored at his home, he read a 
little and spelled up to "Baker” in the old blue-back speller. He thereafter entered school 
in the old Dogwood schoolhouse near his home, and continued his training, and in 
obtaining his education, until 1881, at which time he was licensed to teach school in the 
state of Kentucky. He taught school for a period of one year, until 1882. at which time he 
resigned and ceased the teaching of school and went to a preparatory school in Paducah. 
Kentucky, under Professor H.F. Lyon: and at the conclusion of this instruction, about 
the year 1883, he commenced the study of law, and as a result of his study of law. on 
the 3 rd day of April 1888, was admitted to the Bar of the state of Kentucky, at Mayfield. 
Kentucky. After admission to the Bar he practiced law in Mayfield, Kentucky from 1 888 
until May 1, 1911, when he removed to Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and was admitted to the 
practice of law, w here he remained until the date of his death on the 7 ,h day of February , 
1946. 

On January 12, 1884 he married Laura Clara Reed of Paducah. Kentucky, and of 
said marriage four children were bom. Two of these children. Albert and Viva, died in 
infancy, and the living children are Doctor W.P.V. Evers of Wauseon. Ohio and Verna 
Evers Burradell, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Doctor W.P.V. Evers married l. inline Taylor, and ol 
this marriage J.T. Evers, of New Jersey, and Mrs. Blaisdell Kull. Wauseon, Ohio, were 
born as grandchildren of the deceased. Verna Evers married J.S. Burradell and ot this 
marriage Mrs. Earl Beard and Mrs. Ruger DeJarnette of 1 ulsa Oklahoma, were bom as 
grandchildren of the deceased. The great-grandchildren of the deceased are Sail) Evers, 
Barbara Evers, Lurline Kull, Laura May Kull, Bobby Beard, Belinda Beard, and Donnie 


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DeJamette. These are the close blood relatives and lineal descendants of the deceased. 

That he was County Attorney of Tulsa County', Oklahoma during the years 1915 and 
1916: that in the interim between these dates when he was County attorney, he practiced 
law in the general practice. 

That the deceased was a man of sterling character, a deep student of the law, very 
considerate of his clients, a member of the Bar whom all of his brothers could confide in, 
always faithful to his client’s interests, and honest with his adversary, grave in upholding 
the honor and integrity of the Courts before whom he practiced, loyal to his clients, 
faithful to his friends, and ever loyal to his family. 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that in the passing of James Pryor Evers, 
affectionately known to his friends and members of this Bar as J.P.. or Jim, the Bar of 
Oklahoma lost a great lawyer, his friends lost a loyal friend, his clients a faithful lawyer, 
the State of Oklahoma a great citizen; and that the conscientious and sincere sympathy of 
the Bar of this County and State of Oklahoma goes out to the friends of the deceased and 
his family, with the expression that in the loss of this deceased member, a noble lawyer, a 
true friend and a loyal loving member of his family has departed this life. 

That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the permanent Archives and records 
of the Bar of this County, and that a copy be sent to both of the children of the deceased, 
with the expression that to have known this departed brother was to have '‘loved him and 
respected him.” 

W.E. Green 
Tom Wallace 


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William Evers 


Joseph Nathan Evers 

George Washington Evers 
Charles Robert Evers 

Harry Owen Evers, Sr. (1910-1979) 



Ch. 19 

Pulaski's Harry Takes You Down Memory Lane 


(EDITOR ’S NOTE: Harry Owen Evers , Sr. discusses the Evers families mainly 
from Pulaski and Johnson Counties in some of his writings on a 200 page "family history > 
project" he started in 1976. He was a teacher coach and administrator at Grand Chain. 
Mound City and Meridian schools. Harry was a history huff and also had popular radio 
programs such as "Down Memory Lane" on WKRO in Cairo. After reading some of his 
writings, you may want to know that he died before the Rush Limbaugh Show started 
airing and became the nation s top talk radio program, as Harry proudly expresses similar 
conservative opinions. Harry s great grandfather Joseph Nathan Evers was a younger 
brother to John and James Evers, and was farming in Massac County before the town of 
Metropolis was planted in 1S39.) 


Dear Children, 

O ne of you children asked ill would write a story about m> life. I guess you 
could call this sort of an autobiography, in a sense. 

I have begun on my story, but I must warn you it is more than recall 
of my life. It contains, also, the philosophy and editorializing of a Senior Citizen. Some 


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liberal educators (?) and other far-out thinking liberals would say it represents the rambling 
thoughts of a senile old man. I naturally would not agree with this premise. 

I feel I can give you reasons for my life, my philosophy and my editorializing. FIRST, 
I AM SO VERY HAPPY THAT I AM AN AMERICAN. 

I suppose that my parents today would be considered under-educated, culturally 
deprived and of a low income bracket. ONLY IN THIS COUNTRY could such a child as I 
earn a college education, by working his way. I did not enjoy a free ride as given today to 
many because of race, color or sex. 

I married a wonderful girl, who has made my life genuinely happy, and together, we 
have raised a family of three wonderful sons and a beautiful daughter. THIS COUNTRY 
gave us the opportunity to find work that provided our family with the necessities, and a 
few luxuries of life. Sure, we had to set up priorities in our living, but eventually, after six 
used cars, we were able to buy a new one, even if it was a '72 holdover that didn’t cost as 
much as a new '73. We finally owned a house, and although it is old and not completely 
modem, it is HOME for your Mother and me. YES. ONLY IN THIS COUNTRY, could one 
rise to the good life filled with hundreds of GOLDEN MOMENTS. 

ONLY IN AMERICA could a commoner have received an excellent education in grade, 
high school and college. Now to see education controlled by regionalism, state and federal 
controls, collecting our tax money and telling our schools how they must use - all this has 
drawn the ire of this man. I look at HEW, State Offices of Education and the eastern ultra- 
liberal establishment of pseudo intellectuals (in my opinion) who say, “Do as I tell you, 
not necessarily as I do.” The permissiveness in our colleges and universities, alive with 
professors of far-left persuasion, and presidents who don’t have the backbone to stand up 
and be counted, has resulted in a low ering of standards in all levels of education. 

I realize that many school boards and school administrators are constantly being 
intimidated by the following: the pseudo lawyers under grants, the power hungry ACLU'ers 
and civil rights activists who apply the word discrimination to every situation not to their 
liking, and pose threats of court action to follow if their will is not the order of the day. 

Too many parents today have resigned their responsibilities to their children and turned 
the complete job of raising the children to the schools. They in turn pose threats to the 
school if "their child” is disciplined. 

I could go on, but I think you get the idea that I THINK A CHILD'S EDUCATION 
SHOULD BE EARNED, NOT HANDED TO HIM. HER OR IT. ON A PLATTER 
composed of governmental regulations and all kind of threats by outsiders and parents. 

Yes, I AM THANKFUL FOR AN OLD-FASHIONED EDUCATION. 


I AM HAPPYTO BE LIVING IN AMERICA, where I am able to follow the RELIGION 
of my choice. I hope that I ‘‘shuffle off this mortal coral’' before Methodism (my choice) 
becomes completely centralized, materialistic, socially oriented, and physically, rather than 
spiritually conscious. This denomination is not by itself. This is the pattern of religion. I'm 
afraid, in America today. Our government is not supposed to be in favor of the establishment 
of any religion, but with a few more decisions as those made in our judicial system in recent 
years, it could result in the establishment of a new national religion called "atheism." Each 
to his own belief, or disbelief, but remember that the tail should not wag the whole dog. I 
KNOW TTIAT A SET OF PRINCIPLES OF RIGHT AND WRONG IS THE ONLY WAY 
WE CAN AVERT THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE - MIGHT MAKES RIGHT. 

Well, you can see from these musings that you may not want to let others read this 
manuscript, but I leave this to your discretion. Even you may disagree with some or all 
of my rambling ideas, and I grant you that this is your right. BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO 
PROVE THAT I’M WRONG BEFORE I CHANGE MY VALUES. 

I hope that, if for no other reason, this will provide you with some entertainment and 
some “food for thought” on your part. If you do find it offensive, just do as they might do 
in other countries - bum it. 

With my love and best w ishes to each and all of you as you pursue your own niche in 
life; I am Dad. 

My Country ‘Tis of The 

I suppose that no one should attempt to editorialize without giving the readers a 
background of his life. Sometimes the environment and family history does influence the 
thoughts and ideas of an individual. Granting that these factors may cause a certain amount 
of bias, the question must be asked: “Is this not true of all sections or groups alike, whether 
they be termed radicals, militants, intelligentsia, left-wingers, hippies, middle class, blue 
collar, white collar, suburbanite, gehettoite, moderate, right-winger, conservative or 
radical right.”? Assuming this statement of conditions is true, may I give my readers my 
background? 

I (Harry Owen Evers, Sr.) was the youngest of six children born to hard-working but 
poor parents. My parents were without formal education. My father nor mother (t harles 
Robert Evers and Lillie Maud Williams Evers) completed grade school. Both w ere teenagers 
when they married. My mother, thirteen, was barely getting into the teen age group. 

My father did farm labor, logging and other forms of manual labor before finally 
becoming a repairman (car-knocker) for a large arterial railroad in the Midwest (Illinois 


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Central Railroad). Before being able to stop their nomadic wandering for better paying jobs, 
my parents lost in early infancy two sons and a daughter to childhood diseases, namely 
pneumonia and diphtheria. 

My oldest sister (Nellie) married early to a fine man (Chris Wise) who overcame his lack 
of education by willingness to work hard and provide a living for his family. Unfortunately 
dropsy brought an end to my brother-in-law just as he was entering the middle age of life. 
My sister and brother-in-law had two children, both boys, but the younger died at birth. My 
nephew (Edward Wise) was struck down by cancer in his late twenties. He left no children. 
My sister remarried later in life to a man (John Seitz) several years older than she was. 
My feeling was that to my sister, the marriage had more elements of security than love. 
Her health had already been impaired by diabetes, fluid in the tissues, and heart damage. 
My sister and her husband lived very well, although lack of fiscal understanding caused 
debts to pile up. Both have long since passed from this mortal coral after long suffering 
illnesses. 

My brother (Sam Evers) went into his junior year in high school before dropping out 
to become a “call” boy for the railroad (ICRR), which provided the economic base for 
our town. From cailboy, he moved up to an engine fireman and finally, after a very hard 
existence during the depression years, became a railroad engineer. He recently took his 
pension and lived in the railroad town (Mounds) where he got his start. He married a fine 
young girl (Mary Evers) from the area. Their oldest child, a daughter, was stillborn. The 
other child, a boy (Don) had a meritorious World War II record, which among other awards 
included the Purple Heart. He also married a young lady (Elaine) from this area and they 
had two fine daughters (Donna & Beth) who brought “boys” into the family, (sons-in-law) 
by their marriages. This nephew (Don) of mine has a splendid record as a State Police 
officer in the Southern District of Illinois. Rumor, not straight from the horse's mouth as 
the saying goes, has it that retirement may not be too far away for him. 

As for myself, the youngest of six children, I am now a senior citizen of the area. 1 
finished my grade and high school education in due time. I was fortunate that what athletic 
ability I had. plus the desire and sacrifices of my folks - Mom & Dad -resulted in my 
securing an athletic scholarship in a church-related college (McKendree College) near the 
central part of the state. This athletic scholarship did not pay all expenses of college. First, 
may 1 say, it was not a flat grant, but different jobs that paid for my board, later room & 
board, as I proved my ability to play football and basketball for the college. I was lucky 
to secure a loan from the Knights Templar Educational Fund, which 1 was to, and did, 
repay after I secured a job. For the four years put together I had to borrow about $750. 


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This is the truth and I stress it beeause in the years I'm writing this $750 wouldn't pay 
for one semester of college. Yes, I waited on tables, peeled potatoes for the meals, served 
in the college dining hall, cleaned campus buildings and fired furnaces to earn my wav. 
Incidentally, there was no college money for monthly laundry. I washed out my socks and 
underwear in the basement of the boys' dormitory. I learned to press creases in my pants by 
using newspapers, water and an electric iron I brought with me from home. I must admit I 
did send a lot (well, I didn’t really have a lot) of my clothes home to Mom in a pasteboard 
box covered with khaki colored material with straps and a pocket for an address label. I 
don’t need to tell you that this was back before postal rates were so high. 

In four years (due time) I was awarded my Bachelor of Arts degree and was ready 
to “conquer the world." I had prepared myself to be a teacher and athletic coach. I was 
in for a serious jolt to my 
ambition. 1932 was the year of 
my graduation and, as possibly 
a few remember, this was the 
depth of the Great Depression 
of the ‘30s. My desperate 
search was unproductive for 
a job, so I came back to Mom 
and Dad's home. In the area 
where we lived (Mounds) there 
were no jobs available. I did 
any kind of odd job I could find 
- sometimes making 50 cents, 
and on a particularly good day, 
might earn $1.50. 

During this period, the most 
important event that occurred 
was to make a happy life for 
me the rest of my days. I started 
going with a beautiful aubum- 
haired girl (Ruth Evelyn David 
Evers) who was to become my 
wife and the mother of four 
wonderful children - 3 boys 



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(Harry Owen, Jr., Charles David & George Edward (Bo) and a cute red-haired daughter 
(Martha Ellen Evers House). Before we were married, I had finally found a job - throwing 
huge rocks off a barge (to sink hand-made willow mats on the Missouri side of the muddy 
Mississippi River to prevent curing away of banks by the current). It paid 25 cents an hour 
for a 5-hour day. Bachelor degree - Huh! I wasn't too good to do labor in those kinds of 
days and I was happy just to have a steady job. My sweetheart (Ruth) and I were married 
in December 1932. We “ran off' to a nearby state (Union City, Tennessee) and thought we 
were secretly married. Before Christmas day, we found out most people knew our secret, 
so we openly announced that the community had a new young married couple. Following 
the marriage, 1 secured a job making concrete slabs for reembankment on the Ohio River. 
The weather, by February, became too cold to pour concrete and I was unemployed. My 
dear wife sold tickets at a local theatre (Roxy Theater in Mounds, Illinois) and continued 
the job, which paid $3 a week. Again, I was back doing odd jobs, but being in love, the two 
of us didn't realize how poor we were. 

The following spring I secured a job at Sears Roebuck portable housing and box mill. 
I worked in the mill part of the operation and it started at 25 cents per hour and 8 hours 
per day, six days a week. We felt rich under this situation. During the winter, I had served 
as a substitute teacher in the local school system. 1 began to send out applications for a 
teaching/coaching position. 

Just by chance, I happened to be a pitcher for the town baseball team and my catcher 
was from a nearby village (Grand Chain). It happened that his father was secretary of the 
high school board of education in the village and he urged me to place an application w ith 
them. Two vacancies - one elementary and one secondary - occurred in my hometown, so 
1 placed applications with these boards. To make a long story short, the Power that destines 
our lives brought a contract from the village high school first and I was elated to sign that 
contract. 

I continued to work at Sears that summer so that we could have some money ahead 
of our move to our new job. Incidentally, we were expecting our first child in November. 
We were able to rent five finished rooms (an elderly man lived in the other room. Uncle 
Wash) for $ 10 a month. The contract called for $90 per month for 9 months on the job. My 
teaching schedule called for me to teach 6 classes and supervise one study hall in the 7 class 
period day. 1 coached softball and basketball after school. Since our finances were limited, 
my dear wife had to do a lot of daily washing and ironing of clothes. After I came home. 
1 would put on overall pants and old shirt. She would wash out my shirt and pants; then if 
they were dry before bedtime she would iron them for me to wear the next day. 


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We were happy and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first bom - a son, 1 larry 
Owen, Jr. - on November 3 rd . Another happy event was our purchase of a Crosley Cathedral 
table model radio. It cost $25 and we paid it off $5 a month. My wife had a radio in her 
home and 1 know she missed not having one. While 1 was home, my folks never owned 
a radio, so I didn't really miss not having one. I soon became a radio addict, however. 
This may surprise you - our aerial was a lead wire hooked up to the link spring of what 
was then called a sanitary couch that served as sofa and an extra bed. The couch was in 
our living room. Of course, we had to draw' our w ater from a cistern for all uses, keep 
corncobs and wood chopped for kindling, carry coal in by buckets, take ashes from the 
stoves, and when the w'eather was severely cold, we‘d be baked on the side nearest the 
heating stove and chilled on the other side. No car. so it meant walking about one-fourth 
mile to school and to the stores to shop. Since w e were paid once a month, we w ould charge 
our groceries for a month, and then pay up on payday so w e could eat the following month. 

We lived on a strict budget, as every person should. There was no refrigerator until 
some years later, but there w as a cellar for potatoes, melons, turnips, etc. We canned several 
hundred jars of vegetables and fruit that were given to us by our parents who always had 
big gardens, even though they lived in town. In this small village of Grand Chain, the 
folks were oh so friendly and when butchering time came around, we were sent sausage, 
tenderloin and other choice pieces of meat by these wonderful people. During our f irst year, 
my sister and her second husband moved on a farm near the village and they also gave us 
vegetables and meat. 

Some of my students liked to go hunting and believe it or not, would sell us three 
dressed rabbits for 25 cents. Shells didn't cost much then. My wife would cut up and then 
fry the rabbits. She w ould pack them in half-gallon glass fruit jars, place the rubber on the 
mouth, pour some melted lard in the jar and then put the lid on the jar and turn it upside 
down. The lard w ould then become a solid again and seal the jar to presen e the meat. Oh 
how delicious were the rabbits so canned when winter rolled around. 

I must hurry on — my second year I was rehired and given a $10 a month raise. 1 low 
happy we were. But the principal of the high school took another position in an area school 
and he recommended me as his successor. 1 was hired as principal and this brought our 
salary up to $125 per month. We felt we were rich and before too mam months passed, 
we felt we could afford a car. This was 1033 and we bought a used two-door C hevrolet 
sedan (on time ol course) for $250. Incidentally, I might say that although it did not have a 
heater or air conditioning, it was the best motor of any car we have ever owned. American 
wmrkers used to take more pride in their w ork than they do today, or so it seems to me. With 


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the car we could visit our folks quite often, as the paternal and maternal grandparents both 
lived in a town only 15 or 16 miles south of us (in Mounds, Illinois). 

Although I was not principal, and even though I only had to teach four classes per day. 
I still had to do the coaching. I was so happy to have the steady job that I didn't mind the 
long hours I put in. This was back before the workday hours produced hassles between 
employers and employees. I stayed at this village high school for 8 years altogether and 
while there another son (Charles David) came into the family. Never before or since have 
we been treated with more respect. The friendliness of the people, students, and teachers 
will forever be a part of our fondest memories. 

While I was in this school, I went to summer school at University of Illinois (in 
Champaign, Illinois) and was awarded my Master of Science degree in the field of education. 
Why did I do this? Because the powers that be decided that to be qualified as an administrator 
a person must have more 
credits (fish eats) in the 
specialized field of his 
choice. I will interject 
here that I felt only 
12 of the 32 semester 
hours required for the 
graduate degree had a 
real value to me. I would 
leave this thought: If 
you want to become a 
school administrator, go 
ahead and meet the state 
certificationrequirements 
in credits, but do not 
expect too much from 
most of your courses. Just 
go on with your job and 
use good common sense 
- a quality that seems to 
have lost its place today 
in America's mad rush 
for position power and 



HARRY OWEN EVERS, SR. (center) and wife Ruth 
Evelyn (David) Evers (left), stand with daughter Martha 
Ellen (Evers) House (right) in this 1970s photo, while sons 
seated in front of them are (left to right) Charles David 
Evers , George Edward “Bo” Evers, and Harry Owen, Jr. 


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material gain by its people. 

Leaving the small high school in the village (Grand Chain) where we got our start 
was not done without considerable soul searching, but the Board of Education (Mound 
City High School) in a town high school with a student enrollment that varied from 130 to 
180 students offered me a position as principal and coach at what was then a considerably 
larger salary. It offered some new challenges that were not available in the small high 
school of an enrollment that varied from 40 to 70 students. I must tell you. however, that 
the first year I taught at the village high school, it was integrated. That was not due to court 
decision, but to the fact that the bus driver who took the students to a black high school in 
the area was found to be padding the number of pupils who were riding the bus and not 
actually going to the school. The Board of Education cut out bussing the black students 
and they were taken into the village school. This integration lasted about 3 years and then 
a delegation of black parents met the Board. They asked to have their children sent by bus 
to the high school they formerly attended. They had no gripes as to the treatment of their 
children at the local building. All activities at the school were open to blacks and whites 
alike. Some participated in athletics and other extra-curricular activities. The parents said 
they just didn't think it was best to integrate the school then. They promised to monitor the 
students actually attending school in town to see that no further hanky-panky went on. The 
Board took the parents' request under advisement and after due deliberation, followed the 
plan presented by the parents. 

But, back to the new school. A lot of new things came our way. Before we made the 
move, we had purchased a Perfection (coal) Oil Cook stove and purchased a refrigerator 
on monthly terms from the area power company. But now we had a two-story house w ith 
a coal-fired furnace that pushed hot steam to radiators all over the house. No stoker, but 
the furnace was fed by Armstrong - both man and woman power. We even had a porch 
light and light switches to turn on the lights. We didn't have to hunt in the dark for the 
bulb hanging down from the ceiling in the center of the room. Since most of our furniture 
was handed down from parents or relatives or friends, or bought second hand, we slowb 
began to acquire a piece or two of new furniture. We lived in four houses since moving 
to this town (Mound City). The last one we bought and are living in present!} (303 High 
Street in Mound City; Illinois). It was only the first and the present home that had furnaces. 
Our present one is a gas-fired furnace. In the first house, our third child, a beautiful red- 
haired girl (Maltha Ellen) joined our family circle. In the third house, a bouncing third son 
(George Edward) was added to our collection of children. T hese four children arc all we 
had and really we didn’t think we were causing a population explosion - no sir. 


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Ch. 20 


John A. Evers' 1857 Letters & Others 

(EDITOR 'S NOTE: We are thankful for William “ Bill ” Harmon of Glen Rose, 
Texas, for scanning and providing us with a copy of this letter written by John Alexander 
Evers in December 1857 to his wife ’s half-sister Sarah and husband William. To help make 
it easier to read, it is presented in typed format first, and then you can see the original letter 
in his handwriting after it.) 



Dear Brother & Sister I now take the opportunity 
of writing to you to inform you that last week’s 
mail brought your letter to us dated Nov 5 just one 
month previous to my writing. We waited long & anxi- 
ously looked for you to write to us. & you may besure 
we were glad to hear from you & to hear that you were 
all well & pleased with your country dear brother 
& sister 1 have much to write to you but ! hardly 
know what to write. I will first say we are through 
the blessing of our heavenly father at this time 
in tolerable good health, tho, our children through 
the latter part, & the summer & fall has had the chills 
& fevers, considerable, yet we have abundant reason 
to thank God for his many mercies to us that we are 
all still In the Land of the Living while many 
of our friends since we saw you last has been 
called to Eternity. Your sister, Cynthia, & myself 
has enjoyed our health quite well since we 
moved here, she went over to Ky in July, her & 

James Albert & staid some time with the 
children over there she also went to see your 
father & mother. The old man seemed quite glad 
to see her they were well. Calvin Ray & Margaret 
was over to see us some time the latter part 
of Oct. Calvin left Margaret with us until he went 


to Louisville & back again. He went after 
Dry goods, he is Merchandising in Marshall 
ever since last spring. He is doing well. Wrn 
& Nancy left here last Monday they staid with 
us more than a week they have a sweet little 
daughter. They call her Mary Francis she can be- 
gin to get up by a chair she is very pretty you may 
besure I think, with a dimple in her cheek 
when she laughs. They told us all the rest of 


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from J.C. Green, he stated they were ail well & 
that Roland & Louisa had a son bom 
to them about the 9th of last month & 
that they were very proud of their boy, well 
I will now inform you that Caroline & 

Joshua Copland has a son bom to them 

some time in Oct. quite a promising babe 

the call him David Alexander, the 

last name is after me. (tho you had forgot 

it) Zarelda is still as lively & cheerful as 

a lark, James Boaz & Martha was well tho 

the children had been having chills Martha 

has had an other son since you moved they 

call him Lynn Boyd, so you see we have 

only 13 living & 2 dead grandchildren and Cynthia is only 

47 last August Brother James & family are 

tolerable well at this time the health of the 

country is getting better you Uncle Milton 

has sold out & moved down to La. F.V. Dupree 

has sold out & was on the eve of moving when 

William & Nancy was over they are going to 

Jefferson Co, Arkansas near where Delphia 

& Seabum lives. I suppose Peter Hunter has 

bought land there & moved to it Peter & Cis 

has a son. John Brookshire has also bought land 

there Now Dear William & Sister 

Sally I know you often feel lonesome & wish 

to see your old friends & those you love & esteem 

1 know it is so with us, but our lots is cast 

far distant from each other & tho we may never 

meet, those of our loved ones on earth again 

that we parted with a few short months ago. 

Let us so live that we may meet around 
our fathers throne in heaven 


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Dear Sis. recollect there is rest for ail those 
that love & serve God & tho away from the 
land of your Nativity yet the care & the eye 
of the blessed Lord is upon you. It matters not where 
this frail body of ours shall rest whether in 
Texas, Ky or Illinois the Lord is everywhere 
present, with his people. & the way to Heaven 
is plain, it was purchased through the blood 
of the blessed Lord, that we by grace through in his 
name might be saved, I would say to you sister 
if you have not joined the church you ought 
for God instituted the church for his people 
then it was for there spiritual well fare that 
the church was instituted. Now Brother Wm, 
let me say it may be for the last time in this 
life. I would with all a brothers love invite 
you to the Saviour. By repentance to 
word God & faith in the Lord Jesus Christ 
you may find rest. O delay not. Heaven 
& Immortal glory is worth seeking after 
he says now is the day of Salvation if 
you hear his voice harden not your heart 
you can not be happy here nor hereafter with- 
out the religion of Christ or a new heart. Love 
to God & love to man & the indwelling of his 
holly spirit testifying with your spirit 
that you are a child of God yea an heir of 
God & a joint heir of Jesus Christ, then it is 
Joy and peace springs up & we are armed 
& fortified by grace to bear up under 
the ills & trials of life continually expect- 
ing a better inheritance beyond this vail of 
tears where the wicked cease from troubling 
and the weary are for ever at rest. 


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I may weary you with my long letters but it 
may be my last. 1 will retell a circumstance that 
took place less than two weeks ago a 
young man living 1 ‘A or two miles off from 
us was taken violently sick some days previous 
to his sending for me and brother James. One night 
about 9 or 10 o'clock I was called up out of bed to go 
and see him. Brother James & myself 
went hardly expecting to see him alive, but he 
was alive & told us he was going to die & that 
he wanted a little help to get out of this world 
right. He wanted us to pray for him, we recom- 
mended him to the Saviour, brother then 
addressed a throne of Grace in the dieing manis 
behalf after which your unworthy brother 
besought God in mercy to hear prayer & give 
evidence of acceptance & dieing grace 
he express a willingness to die & perfectly- 
resigned I send my love to the children 
God bless them, we want to see you all but 
never expect to in this life write often as you can 
I will say to Little Newton Never forget what your 
uncle John A Evers told you. Think of it often 
Heaven is a sweet place of rest, the Christians home 
the place where Jesus is, that Jesus said suffer 
little children to come unto me & forbid them not 
for of such is the kingdom of heaven. I have made 
some blunders in spelling this leaves us well this 
Tuesday morning Dec 7th write .... for you moved 
from S.M. Leernan & how far from red river. 

We remain your Brother & Sister Affectionately 
William and Sarah McLure. 

John A. Evers 

Cynthia Evers 


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1869 Letter About Deaths In Family 


( EDITOR S NOTE: The following letter was written May 3, 1869 by Henry and Mary 
Slewed Brookshire, of Viola, Ky. (Hardin County). It was sent to William Nelson and 
Sarah S. Brookshire McClure, of Honey Grove, Texas ( Fannin County). Among the things 
discussed were several deaths in the family, including John A. Evers and his wife Cynthia 
Brookshire Evers, who was a half-sister to Sarah. We are thankful for William "Bill” 
Harmon of Glen Rose, Texas, providing us with scanned copies of the original letter 
as well as the typed version presented first for you to be able to read each page easier. 
Harmon added the square [brackets] with punctuation and question marks in an effort to 
assisting the reading that sometimes ususes unusual spellings.) 

1st Page 


Graves Cty Ky May 3 1 869 
Dear Son and daughter once [more I] 
am permited this opportunity 
of Riting you a few lines to let 
you no that we Recieved your 
letter and was very glad to 
heare from you[.] this leaves us 
well as we could expect of 
our age[.] Sally you Requested 
to no about Nancy[.] She is doing 
Better than She was in fielen[?] 
life time[.] her family is Small[.] 
two sones one daughter[.} Josiah 
dody and martha is living 
six miles of us[.] they was all 
well last Sundayf.] martha has 
[four?] children [vianna?][.] Wm A [&?] 
Susan to[o][,] you sed you wanted 
to no Jims Baby name[.] it was 
name James to[o][.] it is dead[.] I recken 
you no that Jim is ded[.] I hope he is 


Polly Boaz Buried yesterday 


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gon to a better world than this[.] 

You wanted to no who John 
mared[.] he married matilder Smith[.] 
She is dead and he is marred 
to nancy arleler huse[.] John 
was up hear in feb[.] they have 
3 children[.] el!en|. j warren[,] and liza[.] 
Johns Post office is Pine Bluff 
arkansas[.] Jims wife is married 
to old doctor Riban[.] you wanted 
to no about the Price of horses[.] 

I am not able to say whether it 
would Pay or not[.] money Scerce[.] 

The Price of horses [—good horses—?] 
is from one hundred 25 to fifty[.] 

Sally you said you havent 
got but one letter Since the 
[????} we have Rote often and 
Some of them Come Back to us[.] 

Tom has Rote Several letters[.] 

Got no anSer[.] Tom and maria 
has 4 Chirdren{:] Mary[,] Sally [,] 
Virginal . \ elizarnalenciaj.] 


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Sally I dont want you to think 
hard of me for Riting to you about 
nute[.] We heared you was a coming 
Back[.] that was what I rote it for[.] 

1 have Seen so much trouble 
[about my ?] absent Children[.] 

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with you[.] Wm with Sorrow 
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ded[,] and all so nuton and nats 
oldest daughter [.] ther was 
But a Short time Betwixt 
ther deaths[.] your father went 
and tuck your letter to your 
mother the next day after we 
got it[.] they was all well[„] 

Sally I was sorry to heare of 
your sickness[,] But I am thankful 
it is no worse[.] Sally we musent 
look Back at our afflictions but 
Pres fore to the marke of the hy 
Calling in Christ Jesus our 
Lord[.] 


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you wanted to no about J A Evers [.] 

The children is all married but 
John and harriet[.] Joh and Cynthia 
is Both gone to ther long horne[.] 

Cynthia died first[.] you wanted to no 
some thing abount Milton[.] they Both died 
in Louisianna[.] Brother John Ballew [Ballard?] 
Is dead[.] I hope you can reade this Bad 
righten[.] I thought I would rite So as 
you could see my righting once more. 

Sally rite every opportunity and I will 
ansur them and tel me how your pro 
achers is[.] we have Preaching ever Sunday[.] 
You never Sed nothing about Brother 
Learn ons familyf.] Giv my love to all 
the children and let them all try to 
Serve the lorde[.] it is not worth my 
while to try to tel you how bad I want 
to se you a!l[.] I cant express it[.] Rite soon 
this from your old affectionate Mother and 
father [.] 

To Wm and Sally McClure 
Direct To Viola 


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(EDITOR 'S NOTE: Below are the words of a hand written letter in 1848 by John 
A. Evers to his daughter Martha Evers. We are thankful for both Laura Schultes and The 
Rev. Joseph C. Evers for providing copies to share with others.) 

My Very Vearly Beloved / Marthas, 

Ay I house the leisure/ time at present:, I wills write/ something' Iry 
way of advice or instruction, cry I expect you/ wills hey away from your 
parenty for some tomes. I remember they eyes of they Lords cures upon/ ay, 
beholding' the/ evds and/ the/ goods, and/ that hiy eary ares always opens 
to their prayery. Therefore / trayt in H ims who- iy able to have/ all / those/ 
who p at their trust Ac H cm. Head/ the/ Holy Scriptures and/ meditate 
thereupon/; be/ not led/ away from itby theprcccticey or eyttvmpleyofthe 
youaigs or gay of the/ worlds. Vo not reads silly novely. Visit not the/ balls- 
rooms or the/ theater. Remember that your good/ name/ depends upon/ 
your conduct. Be yteadfayt resolved/ to maintain the purity of charao- 
ter you/ have yo far acquired/ and/ maintained/. I a order to dso they yoa 
must always keep goods company or none at alls, and/ avoid/ every ap - 
pearance of evils, On/ the words or deeds. Remember that your ownhap- 
p i/ness and/ that of your loving ' parenty, yiytery and/ brother y dependy 
ons your conduct. Vote wills, I have no doubt, continue to be the goods 
curds obedient girl that you have alwayy been/. 

I would/ not write these dungy if it were not that you are go- 
ing ' amongyt stranger y, alls of whom wills regards your happineyy. Re- 
member your de<cr parenty who happiness ire thiy life dependy much 
upon/ the goods conchict of their children/. Remember that you have 
abwayy maintained/ p or ity of character, that wealth far better than 
golds or silver. Tate the goods (advice of your A untjane and strive to 
merit and / maintain/ her love for you. Vo not be deceived/ by flatter- 
ing' wordy. Remember that yoteng- people often/ flatter when they would/ 
deceive moyt. Try to be/ agreeable/ gay, innocent of alb evil, and/ you 
wilt maintains the approbation of abb the wise and / virtiuniy of your 
acq ucuntance. A father’ y love and/ anyiety for hiy sweet and / hitherto 
dutiful daughter cencytrains him/ to write this on account of her ex- 
pected/ absence from home. A Iwayy remember prayer, and/ your par- 
enty wild ever pray for their dear Martha/, that she may be preserved/ 
from/ alb evils. 

On boards St Louiy - New Orleany steamer, Turks, September 30, 
1848. 

John A. Every 

Again I say readstheHoby Scriptures, for they haveahdLy influence. 


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Harr*/, Aug.* 13th '44. 


Our John k Flossie : 

Z a£i eneloeing ft letter 1 rio«tT«4 from Hell la 
yesterday, which I believe la tba beat njr if giving you h«r aide 
of the story Z feel Z ehouliteU you about* 

You will notleo that she eaya aha la aura none 
of you ’enow about bar attribution to tba rallaf of thf pro a aura 
Luther found himself undo*' and not for tba amount involved. would 
aba of food any of you. This, 1 think, baarft out the admiration 
•11 of uta have fait for Sail la through tbaaa trying year*, and 
X fial thbt ZflKu aboult know about It and find wtutt your raaatlan 
to tba matter la. Of aouraa Z know nothing about what any or all 
of you nay have dona to repay any of tba mas ay to Luthar that ha 
waa compelled to put up. but undar tba olraunatanaao I faal that 
you ahould all know about this and ba of whatever balp you aan 
to taka a ana of tba load Off af than. 

I fir* you or adit far being broad minded enough 
to oansldor tba motive for tbla lottor from me, and to taka no 
off ana a. You know. I’a sura, that 1 would no more of fond you than 
Z would do any thins elaa unthinkable. 

Forgive ma far mentioning tbla* but in order 
that you nay aooount for tba notion I Intend to take in eonnao* 
tlan with the natter* X give you the atory. 

Be fora Jim and tba root of you left tba farm 
be wrote me tailing me of aaae of bia naad for nenay and 1 want 
to tba bank bare and borrowed several hundred dollar a and a ant 
it to him. 1 knew X would gat It baek if bo ui able to pay it* 
and if ha wasn't Z would share bio loss to that extant. Your Ho- 
tter will tall you Vleaale that X never mentioned It to bar or 
to Jim until several year* latar whan I got into a Jan and called 

Luay and aha meat me fiOf.ai. I appreelated tha^ a, if t** That out 

ba aoout 17 years ago. in ardor' tba t W aaax* in fchw lows Jlk 
sustained return to sty original contribution, X an iff lag to lay 
that $170.90 » that your math#! repaid to no. ta Kellie* *»leh will 
taka aora of a good portion Of the amount aha put Into tba deal, 
of her own money* 

You naad not toll me about what you da about It. 

and X will neve* any any aero about It* and I'a sura iTallia will 

not. Z an not presenting tba mattfr ta you with tba expeetatlan 
that you puy the balsnoa* but that you night taka idiatever aation 
you know to be appropriate knowing the olreumetaneee and feelings 
of the vast of the family batter than Z. 

Z certainly hope that your health has improved 
since we heard from you last , fleas le and that the . * *. 

Frances tent nay ba of soma bolp. How about the vltiiain 8 and tha 
Kranka. bo not let your self run out of than. Xdt '*e : know. 

Va are looking forward ta a visit from both of 
you in Ooftobar. Leads af lovo. 


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Ch. 21 


Connecting Cousins 

(EDITOR S NOTE: In an effort to help the younger generations of Evers decendants 
from Southern Illinois, we encouraged relatives to send in photos of themselves, their 
children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Some photos may have been included in 
the earlier historical chapters, and room is being made here for a few of the extras provided 
that will help future generatiions at being able to put faces and names to cousins.) 



STELSA EVERS BRYANT’S son Joe (Jody) is pictued here with his large family 
in 2004. They are (bottom row from left) daughter Melissa Kunkle, wife Ginny 
Bryant, Joe Bryant, daughter Sherri MacGregor, granddaughter Tessa Bryant. 

(top row from left) grandson Cory Kunkle, son-in-law Charles Kunkle. grandson 
Kyle Kunkle, great-granddaughter Taylor Foster, granddaughter Tonya Kunkle 
Foster and her husband Chad Foster, grandson Angus Bryant and son Chhs Bry- 
ant. Not pictured: great-granddaughter Cameron Foster. 


279 



R olland Evers, who worked for sev- 
eral decades with Bonifield Bros. 
Truck Line company, served as al- 
derman for 5th Ward of Metropolis. Rolland’s 
political philosphy was, “In all my dealings with 
the public, it has been my principle to treat ev- 
eryone as I w ould want to be treated - fairly and 
honestly.” 

He and Mariam Walters Evers’ three children 
are pictured in the swing on the next page: son 
Dan Evers of Avon. Park, Fla, and two 
daughters; Sue Evers Sumner, 

Ann Evers Eichom. Rolland's 
five grandchildren are Evelyn 
Worden of Glendale, AZ, Elizabeth 
Hooker of Paducah, Elaine Snyder 
of Elbura, Pat Dresser of Metropolis 
and Cindy Cobb of Avon Park, Fla. 


William Evers 


John Alexander Evers 


James A. L. Evers 


Luther L, Evers 


Rolland Evers (1911 -2002) 


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PICTURED ARE (front 
row) Katherine Anne 
Worden Neitz holding Em- 
malee Hannah Shea Neitz, 
Micah Kailen Neitz held by 
Elizabeth Catherine Yates 
Hooker, Elaine Cathleen 
Yates Snyder, holding hand 
of Logan Reese Neitz, 
holding hand of Ashley 
Cynthia Snyder (middle 
row:) Cynthia Sue Evers 
Sumner, Jackie R. Hooker, 
Anthony Joseph Snyder, 
(back row) James Stevan 
Worden, and Evelyn Chris- 
tine Yates Worden. 



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LUTHER L. EVERS’ daughter 
Helen Ann Evers De Vita is pic- 
tured when she graduated from 
high school in Metropolis dur- 
ing the 1930s. Her daughter Vivi 
Garland, shown above in white hat, 
was named after mother’s sister, 
Vivienne, and her middle name, 
Frances, also came from another 
sister of Helen’s. Vivi and her 
husband Shawn are pictured with 
daughter Shawna and her husband 
Antoian. Vivi is shown on the right 
with her grandchildren Destiny and 
DeShawn. Vivi’s De Vita brothers 
and sisters are Ann, Alfred, James, 
Margaret, and Keith. 


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THE REV. Joe Evers visiting in Florida earlier this year with Gina, James 
and Jessie De Vita. Joe is pictured in the lower photo with Helen Evers’ sons 
Keith and James, along with Keith’s stepsons Chris & Brett Stanworth. 



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JOSEPH C. EVERS’ son Mark is 
at the California beach with his family 
above. They are Mark & Mary Evers, 
Nathan & Miriam (Evers) Walker, Justin 
Evers, Sabiha Rosk and Jareth Evers, 
and babies Lillian & Hannah Walker sit- 
ting in front. 

Pictured in 2009 on left are Han- 
nah Walker sitting in Miriam Walker’s 
lap , Lillian Walker, standing, Mary 
Evers, Jane Ann Comeau, Mark Evers 
and Danny Comeau. Other children of 
Joseph include Dan, Jane Ann, Kevin, 
and Karmen. 


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Joseph C Evers, HS Senior 
1944 


Grandmother Nellie Evers 
with grandson Mark Evers 


Chad, Carla 
09 


Chloe, ChrislDflfrr 


Jane Ann. Dan. Anna laa, Rav Joa Ever* and Mar* Evara abi INI 


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HARRIETT HESTER EVERS WEAVER’S huge family is scattered 
through several states in both North and South America Many of them live in 
Florida and Paraguay Pictured here in the front row are Oscar R. Fernandez, 
Sonia C. Weaver, Cristina K. Suarez, Anthony Suarez, Harriett Evers Weaver. 
Second row from bottom are Jessica Weaver Kelch, Luciano R. Fernandez (par- 
tially viewed), Julian Fernandes, Junior; Adriana D. Formby (Cristina’s daughter) 
sitting on Brenn Weaver Brizuela’s lap (Sharon K Weaver’s son), Leni Weaver 
Fernandez, Joseph Evers Weaver Top row are Alex Diaz, Frank Oscar Weaver, 
Joenna M. Fernandez, Luis Fernando TilanoFernandez, Junior; Sharon Jane 
Weaver, James J. Weaver, Roger Paulo Fernandes, Sharon Fernandes, and 
baby is one of Joenna’ s twins, Gabriela Diaz. Sharon Weaver is pictured on the 
left with her husband Celso Brizuela (Chester Swan) who is a well known musi- 
can and artist in South America. More Weaver family photos are on the next two 
pages, with Leni, Jessica, Joe, Mary Nelle, and Criss’ families and cousins Lem 
and husband Luciano enjoyed an opportunity to visit with Paraguay President 
Nicanor Duarte Frutos and First Lady Gloria when he was coaching the Tampa 
Soccer Academy team. 


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first family member to move to Massac 
County in 1837, and most of his descen- 
dants lived in Pulaski County On top are 
Many Owen Evers, Jr. seated, Kim (Evers) 
Seales, Harry Owen Evers, HI, and Kelly 
(Evers) Strozier. Above right are Jeremy 
Evers, George Edward (Bo) Evers, Nikki 
Evers , and Ruth Evers, seated. Bottom left, 
seated are Martha Ellen (Evers) House, 
Kenneth Elbert House, (Martha Ellen's step- 
children: Sheri House , Greg House, David 
House, and Donna Jo (House) Hinkebein. In 
far left fop photo are Charles David Evers , 

II, Betty Jo (Pennington) Evers, Charles 
David Evers, and Danny Nathan Evers . 


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JAMES PAUL EVERS and wife Florence 
Kennedy Evers are pictured here in the 1960s with 
daughters Georgia Ann Wiedeman Blue (middle, 
front), Janice Kay Brinker (left), and son Byron Lynn 
Evers. Their fourth child, Charles Lafayette Evers, 
died during World War II when he was three and 
one-half years old He died of appendicitis that was 
undiagnosed due to his young age. 




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JAMES PAUL EVERS’ daughter Georgia Wiedernan Blue has a large family in 
Griffith, Ind. Left to right, front row, are son Stewart and Doc, (2nd row) daughter 
Teresa Wiedernan, James (son of Connie), Georgia Ann, Sean (son of Stewart), 
grand-daughter Rachael, (3rd row) David Blue, grandson Paul Wiedernan, Mark 
(holding great grand-daughter Regan), Stewart’s wife Rena, Linda Blue, (back 
row) husband Ralph Blue, grandson Steven Blue, granddaughter Taylor Blue, 
Charlotte (wife of) Glenn Wiedernan. Not present when picture was made are 
Georgia’s son Jim Wiedernan and his children, Trena, Georgia and Aubrey, and 
also the children of Glenn and Charlotte; Connie, Bonnie, and Mary (and their 
children) Michael, Ada and Koda. Glenn and Charlotte ' s family are military and 
were out of the country. Jim has his glasses on his head in photo on page 293. 


292 




JAMES PAUL EVERS’ decendants gath- 
ered for his Homecoming and Celebration 
of Life before Christmas, 2007. Pictured 
(front) are grandson Keith Brinker, daugh- 
ter Janice Brinker, granddaughter Teresa 
Wiedeman (standing) grandson Bruce 
Brinker, grandson Lloyd James Evers, 
son Byron Evers, grandson Justin Evers, 
grandson Stewart Wiedeman, granddaugh- 
ter Rebecca Sherwood, daughter Georgia 
Wiedeman Blue, grandson Westley Evers, 
and grandson Glenn Earl Wiedeman. On 
the right are Georgia and husband Ralph 
Blue of Hammond, Ind. Georgia’s oldest 
son James Paul Wiedeman is in the smaller 
bottom photo on left page. He is an artist in 
Texas who volunteered to do the black and 
white sketches throughout this book. 


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JAMES PAUL EVERS’ daughter Janice Brinker and her husband Stanley 
recently moved to Alabama after spending the past two-dozen years in Florida. 
Pictured here are grandson Ross, son Bruce, daughter-in-law Nicole, grandson 
Jacob, Janice, Stanley, grandson Clay son Keith, and daughter-in-law Kristin. 
Stan and his Mississippi State University basketball team were honored in 2008 
at Detroit during the “March Madness" as being one of the Top 25 Defining Mo- 
ments in the first 100-year history of the NCAA. He was on the 1963 Bulldogs 
team that defied a court order by the governor saying the team couldn't leave the 
state to compete against opponents that had African-Americans on the roster. 
They lost to eventual national champion Chicago Loyola, which broke all of the 
unwritten rules in basketball and the segregation policies that existed at the time 
by starting four black student-athletes. Stan was pictured in the centerfold of 
Sports Illustrated on the opening jump ball as the stalling center for MSU He 
went on attain a master’s degree and become a colonel in the Air Force Keith 
has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and 
works for Raytheon, UTD in Springfield, Va. Bruce, who attended college in Bra- 
denton, Fla., is a senior consultant for Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio 



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JAMES PAUL EVERS’ son Byron had a large family gathering for 
Christmas 2007. Pictured are grandson Corban, daughter-in-law Nicole, grand- 
daughter Taher Lynn, daughter Rebecca Sherwood, grandson Ron Sherwood, 
(standing) daughter-in-law Becca, son Justin, son Lloyd James, Byron, wife 
Brenda holding grandson Peter, son Westley, granddaughter Jane being held 
by son-in-law Phil Sherwood. Brenda was honored this past year with two more 
grandchildren being named after her. LJ used the first part of Brenda and the first 
part of Nancy, Nicole’s mother, to create the unique name ofBrenan Kay Evers. 
Rebecca used Brenda’s middle name Susan and her own middle name, Mi- 
chelle, for Susan Michelle Sherwood. Byron is director of the mass communica- 
tions program and professor at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo. Brenda was 
honored as the outstanding language arts teacher in the state in 1999 . Rebecca 
graduated from Notre Dame and she and her husband have master’s degrees 
from Southwest Baptist Seminary. LJ, who has two undergraduate degrees and 
a double masters, returned to the U.S. earlier this spring following a mission to 
South Africa. He is an associate pastor and director of Face 2 Face Ministries in 
Keystone, S. D. Justin works with a marketing firm in Seattle, Wash. 


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By Byron L. Ewers 

t 14,421 feet. Mi. Massive is the second tallest mountain in Colorado, and 
you can see the slightly taller Ml. filbert ( A) behind my son Westley. who 
enjoyed making certain we didn’t get lost by keeping close tabs with our OPS 
unit. No other lourteener in the continual IJ.S. has such a massive tundra area (three-mile 
long ridge) above timberline. 

With clouds hanging low at the base of the mountain, the early morning sunrise is 
beautiful on the northeast side, which has a gentle 1 3-mile hike to the top, but it already 
had three-feet of snow on Oct. 22. 2005. Because of the warmth of the afternoon sun. snow 
melts quickly on the southw est side of the mountain where it is much steeper, and requires 
a seven-mile hike in the road-less, wilderness area (B) along 1 lalfmoon Creek. 1 hiked it 
several times while hunting mountain goats, including once that was almost a complete 
(C) vvhiteout due to an early winter storm, I eventually connected on a 200-yard shot with 
a three-year-old billy near a saddle (D) on the middle peak. 

This would not have been possible without my youngest son helping me, as it took us 
20 hours to backpack it out the next day. starting at 4 a, in.. We tied ropes to each other to 
safely cross a 1 50- loot waterfall. Note how small the pine trees (E) appear in the telephoto 
compression picture while looking straight down at the base of the w aterfall. Sometimes 
taking two steps and sliding hack one, we carefully made it past the dangerously loose and 
steep rocks (T ) so we could get to a place where we could drop into a deep, sheer crevice 
the goat fell into. We low ered each other live to ten feet at a time, very much aware that 
once we started down, we would not be able to go back out the w ay we came. After skin- 
ning and deboning the animal, we made it back to camp at midnight, thankful that we were 
fortunate to have had such an opportunity. Only a few permits are drawn each year out of 
5,000 applicants to hunt the beautiful and elusive animals, called "Tittle White Buffalo" by 
Native Americans, and I had been putting in for more almost two decades, 

My Daddy always told me I could achieve anything with a positive outlook, and that 
1 should climb every mountain in life very carefully. We did that. This certainly is one of 
those challenges my son and I w ill treasure for a lifetime, Colorado is a terrific place to en- 
joy God's great outdoors with your family, and our cousins arc welcome to come join us. 





AT THE AGE of 92, James 
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hands shook so bad in 2007 that 
he would have to sometimes take 
a minute to write just one name, 
making tiny movements with a 
pencil so others would be able 
to read it when he thought about 
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Dad's Christmas Gift To Our Family 

By Georgia Ann Evers Blue 

November 24, 2003, I asked Dad to write a letter for us, telling us what life was like 
for him and Mom during the Great Depression years, which we could read with our family 
as we gathered for Christmas. I thought it was important for us to understand what their 
struggles had been in order for us to better appreciate our many blessings. 

In my impetuousness, I did not think about what a burden I had put upon him. At 
that time, he could no longer write his own name because his hands shook so badly, and of 
course, he did not remind me of that problem. He just set about doing what I had asked. 
Later he told Janice it had taken him 5 hours to write that letter and admitted it would have 
to be his last one. He never mentioned this struggle to me, for he would not want me to feel 
uncomfortable about asking him to do something. 

Dad was just 6 weeks shy of his 95th birthday and had to use a huge hand held mag- 
nifying glass just to read. Can you imagine him switching the glass back and forth as he 
searched for the right key and then examined what he had just typed only to start the pro- 
cess again to type the next character. He called it his “Hit and Wonder System”. He said 
he hit one key and then wondered where the next one was. 

Georgia Ann , / don ’t remember the details about when we were on the 
farm but the best thing l do remember was how it was to be to our selves. 

The first thing we bought, besides groceries (Dad had asked Mr. Walbright 
of Joppa to give us credit) was a cow that l bought at a farm auction on a 
note to be paid for in the fall. I had been working at the CSl Plant before 
we got married, making 35 dollars a month and Florence was working at the 
garment factory making 32 dollars a month. We both got laid off the first 
month after we were married due to the depression that had set in. We lived 
with Florence s folks for the next two years until my father let us have the farm 
/ reused six hundred bushel of corn that first year and it cost me 1 cents a 
bushel. The price of corn was falling and that was all that I could get back 
when l sold it. The note was due for the cow / had bought at the sale, so 
you can see, we did not have much money. Florence bought 1 2 dollars 


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worth of clothes that year. Sometimes, I could make a little money 
working for Mr. Osborne on the Me Murry farm, helping them butcher 
hogs, which he did every two weeks. Uncle Gns lost his farm that year 
and had to find a place to live. Claude was working on the Wm. G. Clyde 
paddle wheel and he got me a job as a coal passer. I made 30 dollars a 
month. You know about it exploding. Claude and I were lucky to have not 
been injured although 4 of our coworkers were killed. We were survivors 
but we had to find other jobs. 

The depression hurt a lot of families real bad but I don 't want to appear 
To be a complainer. But, it did hurt me to see your Mother feel embarrassed 
the day we had unexpected visitors and they stayed for supper. All we had in 
the cupboard was cornmeal which she mixed with a little milk and some lard but 
there was not an egg to put in it. We did pay the Wal bright grocery bill after I got 
work on the boats. 

This may not be what you wanted but it is about the depression time we 
struggled through. It is the best I can do for now. 

Please ignore the mistakes 
I have made. 

Love, your father Paul 

There was more but I just wanted to share some of this to see how Mom and Dad 
struggled. 

Did you notice the very first thing he recalled was how it was for him and Mom to be 
to themselves. His letter so expresses the gift he was to all of us, always willing to struggle 
to do the most difficult tasks because he never wanted to disappoint us. 

His trembling fingers struck many wrong keys and he could not see the mistakes he 
made as he was so nearly blind. We cherish every stroke he made. We are reminded of the 
honorable family we were given and also that our parents were always “Best Friends” and 
'"Sweethearts” as well as “Spiritual Partners" forever. It is just a simple letter, but contains 
so many lessons for us to ieam, not by what was said as much as by their life. 


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Merry Christmas from Paul and Florence Evers 


(EDITOR 'S i VOTE : James Paul Evers ' daughter Georgia Ann Blue w rote this letter to 
him for his 98th birthday in 2006.) 

Dearest Dad, It is almost your birthday. I was just browsing through my computer tiles 
to look at some of the things I had saved from the past; something that would be appropriate 
for your 98th birthday. All of a sudden, this message popped out - Merry Christmas from Paul 
and Florence Evers. It really startled me. After all, it had been more than 2 decades since we 
lost Mom. Then it came to me, it must have been from a writing I had been playing around 
with at Thanksgiving several years ago. What a beautiful surprise (for me) but probably 
strange to anyone else. 

Then I was looking for a birthday card for you and this Christmas picture of Bethlehem 
looked so inviting and I just kept going back to it. My heart was saying. "I want to go there." 
Dad. maybe you did not get much attention on your childhood birthdays because of all the 
activity of the Christmas holiday, but you just fit into the whole scheme so wonderfully. The 
song keeps playing in my head, a duet that Bing Crosby recorded with David Bowie. David 
is singing "Peace On Earth" and Bing is filling in with the "pah-rumpa-pum-pum" from "The 
Little Drummer Boy". It is so touching when they harmonize together "Every child must 
know”. 

Dad, You knew! You took all of us to Bethlehem throughout our life, to experience 
God's gift of love. Even then, the city was a place of turmoil, and yet love and peace was 
lying there in the manger, a gift freely given and just waiting for all the world to accept. So it 
is with life today. In the midst of all the turmoil in our life today, we can always find love and 
peace in Jesus. 

So goes the song; "Every child must be made aware. Every child must be made to care. 
Come a newborn king, I will find. See the day of Glory, To give all the love we can. For my 
child and your child too.” Those words from the song were what you taught us all along. Dad. 
You took us along to celebrate the Christ Child. You brought all of us along for the journey 
and what a trip it has been. 

Christmas is never over for us. Dad. We celebrate it over and over - every day. Some- 
times you may wonder why God has blessed you with these ninety plus years. 1 believe it is 
because you had this journey to make with so many of us. 

When Gene Autry recorded "O' Little town of Bethlehem" he said, "1 his is the story of 
Christmas." In Bethlehem we learn that the hopes and fears ot all the years, are met In I hee 
tonight. Isn’t it wonderful to know that long after you and 1 and all our friends and loved ones 
are gone, there will still be a Bethlehem to carry our hopes and fears to. Yes Dad; C hristmas 
will always be! Christ will always be! Love will always be! 1 love you Dad. Have a 1 lappy 
Wonderful Ninety-eighth Birthday. 


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Ch. 22 


Evers Family Recipes 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following receipes were submitted by members of 
the Evers family for including in this book.) 

PEANUT-BUTTER FUDGE Janice Evers Br inker 

2 sticks of butter (Warm on No. 4 heat to melt) 

3 level tsp. measuring of Hersey Cocoa 

1 cup of crunchy peanut butter. Melt and stir all three together. 

Add l pound of powdered sugar. 

1 J^ofvanilla flavoring. 

Take off heat; continue to stir until wt. sugar does not show. 

Have a buttered plate ready (Don’t use a metal pan, will stick 
Dump all on the plate when it is really lumpy, showing no white. 

Flatten out with hands. 

Use sharp knife to cut into pieces while it is still hot. 

CRISP S WEET PICKLES Florence Kennedy Evers 

2 gal. small cucumbers 1 gal. water 
5 cup sugar 

1/3 cup mixed pickling spices 1 Tablespoon celeiy seed 
2 cups pure granulated salt 6 cup cider vinegar 
1 Tablespoon alum 

Wash cucumbers and leave them whole to start. Make brine of water and salt, bring 
to boil and pour over cucumbers in stone jar. Let stand for in brime for 7 days. 

Pour off the brine and drain cucumbers. Slice cucumbers in half lengthwise. Make 
a new batch of alum and boiling water for three straight mornings. Each time water and 
alum is fresh and brought to boil, and pour over cucumbers and let stand over night. 

After three baths of alum, drain and wipe dry, but do not wash them. Put them back 
in stone jar and make a solution of 6 cups vinegar, spices, sugar and celery seed. Bring to 
boil in a pot and then pour over cucumbers. 

Next day (should be day 12). drain liquid into kettle to reheat and add 2 more cups 
sugar to the solution, heat to a boil and pour over cucumbers. 

Next day reheat solution again and add one more cup of sugar and bring to boil. 
Place pickles in well drained sterilized jars; pour boiling liquid on pickles and seal jars. 
Some people like to cook in boiling water bath for 15 minutes, but not required. 


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Florence Kennedy Evers 
I jar (8 oz.) marshmallow cream 
1 1/2 c. sugar 
3 tbsp. Hershey cocoa 


TWO- TONE FUDGE ROLL 
3/4 c. evaporated milk 
1/4 c. butter or oleo 
1/4 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. vanilla 

Mix your evaporated milk, marshmallow cream, butter, sugar and salt in sauce pan. 
Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil 5 min. over moderate heat, still stirring constantly. 
Remove trom heat and add cocoa, and vanilla, stirring mixaturre until smooth. Pour 
on a buttered wax paper and spread out thin. Work and stir to smooth. This makes the 
chocolate layer. To make the two tone lighter part: Mix up a batch same as earlier except 
eliminate the choc., and pour this second batch onto first batch while it is still hot. Start 
rolling on wax paper, and remove the paper as you roll it into a tube that looks like a 
long sausage. Then, place it in a fresh wax paper and let stand to cool. Finally, slice it off 
in round pieces. You should start the second batch cooking about 10 min. after the first 
batch, so they will roll nicely while still warm. 


Florence Kennedy Evers 
2 1/2 c. sugar 
1 lg. can Pet milk 
6 ripe bananas 


HOME MADE BANANA ICE CREAM 
1 ga. milk 
6-7 eggs 
3 Tbsp. flour 
3 tsp. lemon flavor 

Combine flour and sugar, add eggs, 1 can Pet milk and about 1 qt. milk in large pot. 
Bring to boil and cook until it begins to thicken, stir constantly and do not let it scourch. 
Remove from stove and let cool. OK to leave in ref. overnight. Add about qt. and half 
more milk and mashed bananas, and then the lemon flavor. OK to let bananas be a little 
chunky. Also, ok to put in other fruits or nuts if you want. Put in home freezer and freeze 
quickly. This should take about a gal. of crushed ice & lots of ice cream salt. After it has 
frozen as hard as possible, remove the paddle from freezer and put stopper in lid to seal it. 
Drain off the ice water that has melted around the freezer, pack down more ice and more 
salt. Let stand about 2 hours or so before serving for good, hard, home made ice cream. 


“FAMOUS RESTA URANT " SALAD DRESSING Georgia Evers Blue 

1 small onion (chopped very fine) 1 cup salad oil 
1/3 cup catsup 1/4 cup vinegar 

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 
3/4 cup sugar (more if you like a very sweet taste) 

Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend I minute or until the right consistency. Can 
add a little bit of boiled water if thinning might be needed. 


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HOT DOG RELISH Florence Kennedy Evers 

4 cups ground onions 

4 cups green tomatoes (about 10) 6 sweet red peppers 1/2 cup salt 

4 cups shredded cabbage (1 med. Head) 4 cups ground peppers (about 12) 

Grind all ingredients coarse. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup salt. Let stand overnight in stone, 
glass or enamel container. (Do not use copper or aluminum) 

Next day; rinse and drain well. 

6 cups sugar 

2 Tablespoon mustard seed 4 cups vinegar 
Combine, the following: 

1 Tablespoon celery seed 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 

2 cups water 

Heat to boil, simmer 3 minutes. Place in hot sterilized jars and seal. Cook in water 
bath for 15 minutes. 


MASTA CHOLLI SA UCE or SPA GHETTI SA UCE Georgia Evers Blue 

1 # Ground beef (Recipe can be doubled or tripled) 

Brown meat in deep skillet and add: 1 large can tomato paste 

2 large cans tomato sauce 
5 large cans water 
Seasonings: 

2 T. Romano cheese (grate your own preferable - but prepackaged ok) 2 T. sugar 
1 T garlic powder 1 T oregano 
1 T sweet basil 
1 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Cook for 4 hours very slow. Tilt a lid so pan is partially covered. Add more water if 
it gets too thick. 


CARROT CAKE 

2 cups of Sugar 

1 1 /3rd cup cooking oil 

4 eggs 

4 cups grated carrots 

2 cups pre-sifted flour 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour pan (13 in. x 9 in. x 2 in.) beat sugar 
and eggs until pale. Stir in oil. Shift together, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinna- 
mon, stir into egg mixture. Fold carrots and nuts. Spoon batter into pan; bake in preheated 
oven at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 min. Turn onto cake rack to cool. Frost. 


Janice Kay Evers 
2 tsp. cinnamon 
2 tsp. baking soda 
2 tsp. baking powder 
3/4th cup broken nuts 


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Cream Cheese Frosting: 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1/2 c. margine; 1 lb. 
confectioners sugar. Beat all ingredients until well blended and velvety. 

AL OHA SA UCE FOR SUMMERTIME FRUIT & MELL ON BALLS Georgia Blue 

2 T lemon juice 2 T lime juice 
2 T orange juice 
1/3 cup water 2/3 cup sugar 
A little watermelon juice for color 

Great sauce to pour over a melon boat, most any fresh fruit will do well. Suggest 
Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, fresh Bing 
cherries. Pineapple can be from a can. 


At least that is what our children and hunting buddies always called it. Bear or ham- 
burger meat are the most tasty, but you can also use ground elk mixed with 25 percent 
pork fat. This is a mild, sweet chili that makes about 1.5 gallons. If you want, you can 
freeze it. then let thaw while hunting, and ready to warm up after getting back to camp. 


1 Package Williams chili powder or a chili brick 

Use large skillet to brown meat, mixing in chili powder & onion. Put every thing 
else in a large pot that can hold at least 1.5 gal., larger if you want to thin it any with wa- 
ter or just leave it thick. Be sure to not scorch, so cook on low to medium temp. Important 
to drain off any grease from skillet before putting meat into pot when it is cooked. Stir, 
then let simmer for about one hour, checking to stir often. 

ELK VEGETABLE SOUP Byron Evers 

2 Pounds of elk steak, cubed Soup starter kit 

1 5 to 20 oz. Stewed tomatoes Cup of flour 

6 pealed potatoes, cubed Pinch salt 

1 lb. Fresh or Frozen cut vegetables; corn, carrots, green beans... 

15oz.com 1/2 Onion 

This makes 1 gal.+, so you need a large pot. Put vegetables in first and let simmer 
with quart of water and soup starter. Peal potatoes, slice into thumb size cubes, then put 
into a second pot and boil until they become soft. Cut your meat into one-inch cubes. 


FAMOUS EVERS CHILI 


Byron Evers 


40 oz. Chili Beans in sauce 
30 oz. Pinto Beans 
30 oz. Light red kidney beans 
30 oz. Dark red kidney beans 
30 oz Stewed tomatoes 


1 tsp. brown sugar 

1 oz. B-B-Q sauce 
1/2 Onion 

2 to 2 1/2 Pounds ground beef 
40 oz. Ketchup 


You can either boil the meat to cook it, or you can use flower and lightly fry it, either 
way works well. Elk is so lean, it scourches easily. If boiling, then pour off water when 
half cooked (light gray ), rinse, use fresh water to boil a second time for less gamey taste. 
When meat & potatoes are ready, put them in large pot with vegies & onion; let simmer. 

CRANBERRY TEA Anna Lee Evers 

1 quart cranberries 

1 quart water 

Boil until the berries pop and put thru a sieve 
Add 3 quarts water 
‘/a cup lemon juice 
12 whole cloves 

Simmer till the red hots are melted. The tea can 
with lemon/lime soda. 

WASSAIL 

2 !4 cups sugar 

2 cinnamon sticks 
12 whole cloves 
4 cups orange juice 
8 cups apple cider 

Cover and steep for 1 hour. Place spices in cheesecloth in liquid for easier removal. 

BLA CK BERRY CAKE Ethel Bayless Evers 

1 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 cup wesson oil 1 teaspoon cinnamon 

3 egg yolk (save the whites) 1 teaspoon allspice 

1 teaspoon vanilla 

Mix above left together first. Then, add above right to mixture. 

Stir in; 1 pint blackberry preserves (or Jam) 

1 cup chopped nuts (pecans prefered) 

Disolve together: 1 cup buttermilk 
1/2 teaspoon soda 
Sift together: 2 1/2 cups flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder 

Mix ail together. Fold in the well beaten egg whites.. Stir all ‘til welll mixed. 
Bake slowly in greased and floured pans about 45 minutes (or til done) 

When cooled, frost with 7 minute icing or cream cheese icing if prefered. 


1 cup orange juice 
3 cups sugar 
1 pkg red hots (1 cup) 
be served hot or cold; even mixed 


Anna Lee Evers 

4 cups water 

1 tbsp grated ginger 
8 allspice berries 

2 cups lemon juice 


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Great Grandparents (5th Generation) 


Ch. 23 

Your Ancestor Charts 


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William Evers 

John Alexander Evers 
James A. L. Evers 
Luther L. Evers 

Dr. Joseph C. Evers 
Mark Hasting Evers 
and wife 

Mary Parks Evers 



Ch. 24 


Genealogy 


By Mary Parks Evers 

(EDITOR 'S NOTE: I have attempted to make this genealogy > as accurate as 
possible. I regret any possible errors. If any are found please contact me with 
corrections. For access to the “ Extended Evers Family ” website, please contact 
me at m2e5(a),hotmail. com . It is by invitation only as we share pictures, news, 
recipes, discussions and family tree. 

In regard to the Cop(e)land descendants , I only listed 3 to 4 generations as I 
didn ’t want to duplicate the “Some Copeland and Little Families ” by A. Lucille 
Harney and Fairline Bigley. 

I have enjoyed learning more about the Evers family and hope that you will 
enjoy it, also.) 


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Listings & Numbers 


The following information is to help readers understand the system used in the 
genealogy section of this book. 

Family Tree Maker software uses the genealogical record numbering method, start- 
ing with Phillip Eavers as #1. The numbering proceeds downward through the descen- 
dants, with everyone who had children of their own given a sequential number. Descen- 
dants who did not have or whom we could not find children were assigned a Roman 
numeral and additional information if available on them will be found with their parents. 
Example: Byron Evers 1 genealogical number is 182, and his two oldest children have 
their own genealogical numbers of 23 1 for Rebecca and 232 for LJ because they both 
have descendants. His two youngest sons do not have any children, so information on 
them will be listed with the parents under iii and iv. 

Genealogical Index (Page 318) 

There are 268 individual relatives included in this book who have descendants of 
their own in the quick reference Genealogical Index, showing their reference numbers in 
the following pages. There are many others who do not have children of their ow n, and 
thus will have the Roman numerals assigned. 

Outline of Descendants (Page 324) 

The next listing is for quick reference and is an Outline of all Descendants of Phil- 
lip Eavers who were verified, and it includes only their birth dates as well and year they 
mayh have died, and what generation they are. 

Descendants of Phillip Eavers (Page 341) 

The full genealogy then follows that with many more pages of information and ad- 
ditional details about the individuals. 

Alphabetical Indexing (Page 589) 

Next comes the Alphabetical Indexing of Names on all individuals, almost 2,000 
of them, who are mentioned in the book, but are not necessarily relatives. They may be 
mentioned in the genealogy and/or in the earlier chapters, but most of them will not be 
descendants of Phillip Eavers. Due to cost and time constraints, actual page numbers 
where they appear could not be included. You can write in the numbers at this location 
as you discover them on the people you are most interested in knowing about lor future 
reference. 

End Notes & Sources (611) 

Finally, at the very back of the book are several pages of the sources used. 


317 


Genealogical Index 


1 

Eavers, Phillip 

26 

Thrasher, Cicero Augustus 

2 

Evers, William 

27 

Thrasher, Oliver Perry 

3 

Evers, James Robert 

28 

Evers, Minnie L. 

4 

Evers, John Alexander 

29 

Evers, Ernest Paul 

5 

Evers, Matilda 

30 

Evers, Arthur S. Clair 

6 

Evers, Joseph Nathan 

31 

Evers, Virginia Cicero 

7 

Evers, Jane 

32 

Evers, Kittie Majel 

8 

Evers, William W. 

33 

Green, John Wesley 

9 

Evers, Volney Cicero 

34 

Green, Caroline E. 

10 

Evers, Mary Jane 

35 

Green, Emma Z. 

11 

Evers, Martha 

36 

Boaz, George Washington 

12 

Evers, Delphia Caroline 

37 

Boaz, Benjamin Franklin 

13 

Evers, William Henry 
Warren 

38 

Boaz, Linn Boyd 

14 

Evers, Margaret Elizabeth 

39 

Boaz, Thomas Dick 

15 

Evers, Louisa Hellen 

40 

Boaz, John David 

16 

Evers, Zarelda Isabella 

41 

Copland, Louisa Elizabeth 

17 

Evers, James Albert 
La Fayette 

42 

Copland, Ella Josephine 

18 

Evers, Nancy Minerva 

43 

Copland, Margaret Leota 

19 

Evers, John H. Wesley 

44 

Copland, Charles McPherson 

20 

Evers, Harriett Catherine 

45 

Copland, Cynthia Alice 

21 

Grimes, Caroline 

46 

Evers, James Pryor 

22 

Evers, James Robert 

47 

Evers, Susie William 
Johnson 

23 

Evers, George Washington 

48 

Green, James A. 

24 

Evers, William Benjamin 

49 

Green, Francis Marion 

25 

Pettit, Nancy Caroline 

50 

Green, William Brownlow 


318 



51 

Green, Martha 

76 

Evers, Monte R. 

52 

Green, Quinnie 

77 

Evers, James Benjamin 

53 

Covington, Quitmon 

78 

Evers, Elijah Nathan 

54 

Evers, Albert Warren 

79 

Evers, Harry Chester 

55 

Evers, Cynthia Caroline 

80 

Evers, Ray Marshall 

56 

Evers, James Oliver 

81 

Ragle, Ella May 

57 

Evers, Luther LaFayette 

82 

Thrasher, Louie 

58 

Evers, Harriett Hester 

83 

Evers, King Wallace 

59 

Evers, Hubert Huffman 

84 

Dunlop, Majel Joyce 

60 

Peeler, Cynthia J. 

85 

Green, Bessie 

61 

Peeler, Alexander Julius 

86 

Boaz, Edna 

62 

Peeler, Jacob C. 

87 

Boaz, Nannie May 

63 

Peeler, Oma 

88 

Boaz, Effie Agness 

64 

Evers, Myrtle 

89 

Boaz, Delbert John 

65 

Evers, Maurice 

90 

Boaz, Lura 

66 

Willis, Linda May 

91 

Boaz, Evers Harper 

67 

Willis, Laura 

92 

Starks, William Howard 

68 

Willis, Bessie Blanche 

93 

Starks, Herbert Garfield 

69 

Evers, William Francis 

94 

Starks, Roxy Short 

70 

Evers, John Robert 

95 

Starks, Delphia Pearl 

71 

Evers, Adolphus Linn 

96 

Starks, Alma Mariah 

72 

Evers, James Hal 

97 

Starks, Lillian Ruth 

73 

Evers, Charles Robert 

98 

Starks, Susie 

74 

Evers, Clara May 

99 

Douglas, Eva Leota 

75 

Evers, Jesse W. 

100 

Douglas, Aubrey 


319 


101 

Douglas, Charles H. 

126 

Evers, Mary Frances 

102 

Clark, Ida Lenore 

127 

Evers, Rolland 

103 

Clark, Delphia Lavina 

128 

Evers, Stelsa Ethel 

104 

Evers, Verna Valora 

129 

Evers, Helen Ann 

105 

Evers, Wm Pleasant 
Valentine 

130 

Evers, Luther Trevelyn 

106 

Feezor, Grover Oswell 

131 

Evers, Joseph Calvin Carr 

107 

Feezor, James Thomas 

132 

Evers, Harriett Hester 

108 

Feezor, Annie May 

133 

Ferguson, Beatrice Kathleen 

109 

Feezor, Grade 

134 

Ferguson, James Marsel 

110 

Feezor, Marguerette 

135 

Ferguson, Laura Ann 

111 

Green, Birdie Ann 

136 

Ferguson, Lyle Dean 

112 

Green, Ressie Marion 

137 

Ferguson, Lallah Jean 

113 

Evers, Eunice Mildred 

138 

Evers, Cynthia Eleanor 

114 

Lippert, Holly Marcus 

139 

Evers, Charles H. 

115 

Lippert, Claude Luther 

139a 

Evers, Marjorie Ann 

116 

Evers, Flossie May 

140 

Peeler, Lois Gladys 

117 

Evers, Flora Lucy 

141 

Moore, Ernestine 

118 

Evers, James Leo 

142 

Evers, Wesley Logan 

119 

Evers, Clara Hester 

143 

McCullam, Kenneth Evers 

120 

Evers, Orpha Eliza 

144 

Evers, James William 

121 

Evers, Jimmie Jewel 

145 

Evers, Charles G. 

122 

Evers, Virgil David 

146 

Evers, Seth 

123 

Evers, Raymond Russell 

147 

Evers, James Vivian 

124 

Evers, Evelyn Marie 

148 

Evers, Nellie May 

125 

Evers, James Paul 

149 

Evers, Samuel Ward 


320 



150 

Evers, Harry Owen, Sr. 

175 

Mclntire Orpha Mildred 

151 

Evers, Virginia Dale 

176 

Clary, Joan evers 

152 

Evers, Carl Robert 

177 

Caraker, Sue Carolyn 

153 

Evers, Jack Dee 

178 

Evers, Patricia Eileen 

154 

Thrasher, Alfred 

179 

Evers, Barbara Ellen 

155 

Evers, King Wallace, Jr. 

180 

Evers, Georgia Ann 

156 

Evers, Kathryn 

181 

Evers, Janice Kay 

157 

Evers, Deborah 

182 

Evers, Byron Lynn 

158 

McNeely, Lala Virginia 

183 

Shelton, Maryjim 

159 

McNeely, Lucy Ellen 

184 

Evers, Cynthia Sue 

160 

McNeely, Mary Sue 

185 

Evers, Elizabeth Ann 

161 

Starks, Gwendoline 

186 

Evers, Daniel Rolland 

162 

Burradell, Lyda Evers 

187 

Bryant, Joseph Bayless 

163 

Burradell, Martha Francis 

188 

De Vita, Vivi Frances 

164 

Evers, James Taylor 

189 

De Vita, James Allen 

165 

Evers, Laura Jane 

190 

Evers, Luther Robert 

166 

Feezor, James Level 

191 

Evers, Justine Nell 

167 

Feezor, Edgar Lee 

192 

Evers, Paul David 

168 

Feezor, Wilma 

193 

Evers, Stelsa Evelyn 

169 

Brown, Helen Kathleen 

194 

Evers, Mark Hasting 

170 

Moore, Margueriete 
Elizabeth 

195 

Evers, Jane Ann 

171 

Vaughan, Dorthea Louise 

196 

Evers, Kevin Dean Draper 

172 

Vaughan, Owen G. 

197 

Evers, Karmen Way Draper 

173 

Vaughan, Wilma Cecil 

198 

Weaver, Sharon Kay 

174 

Mclntire, Margaret Lucille 

199 

Weaver, Leni Harriett 


321 


200 

Weaver, Mary Nelle 

225 

Overturf, James Paul 

201 

Weaver, Frank Luther 

226 

Wiedeman, Teresa Ann 

202 

Weaver, Joseph Evers 

227 

Wiedeman, Glenn Earl 

203 

Weaver, Jessica Lucille 

228 

Wiedeman, Stewart Edward 

204 

Sogard, Ralph John 

229 

Brinker, Bruce Lynn 

205 

Evers, Charles Robert 

230 

Brinker, Jeffrey Keith 

206 

Evers, Donovan Charles 

231 

Krieg, Rebecca Michelle 

207 

Evers, Harry Owen, Jr. 

232 

Evers, Lloyd James 

208 

Evers, Charles David 

233 

Parker, Lynn Ann 

209 

Evers, George Edward 

234 

Parker, Stuart Wade 

210 

Evers, Jackie Lee 

235 

Yates, Evelyn Christiane 

211 

Evers, Judith Ann 

236 

Yates, Elaine Cathleen 

212 

Evers, Jimmie Dee 

237 

Dresser, Patrick Jonas 

213 

Evers, Janice Pearl 

238 

Evers, Lucinda Jeannine 

214 

Evers, Barbara Jane 

239 

Bryant, Christopher Kell 

215 

Evers, William Davidson 

240 

Bryant, Melissa Kay 

216 

Evers, Susan Jane 

241 

Garland, Shawna 

217 

Kull, Martha Lurline 

242 

Price, Robert David 

218 

Kull, Laura May 

243 

Evers, Miriam Michelle 

219 

Crisman, Rebecca 

244 

Fernandez, Lucia Harriett 

220 

O'Donnell, Patrick Timothy 

245 

Fernandez, Joenna Maria 

221 

O'Donnell, Jeffrey Lawrence 

246 

Fernandez, Christina Kay 

222 

O'Donnell, Anne Marie 

247 

Weaver, Jesse Daniel 

223 

Loughman, Lance Evers 

248 

Sogard, / 

224 

Loughman, Chad Elliott 

249 

Sogard, / 


322 



250 

Evers, Solita Kay 

261 

O’Donnell, Samantha Lynn 

251 

Evers, Roberta Lentz 

262 

Wiedeman, Trena Irene 

252 

Evers, Kelly Ann 

263 

Wright, Rachel Nicole 

253 

Evers, Kim Elaine 

264 

Federowski, Bonnie 

254 

Evers, Harry Owen, III 

265 

Federowski, Connie 

255 

Evers, Charles David, 11 

266 

Federowski, Mary 

256 

Evers, Daniel Nathan 

267 

Worden, Katherine Anne 

257 

Evers, Jessica Nicole 



258 

Dodd, Mary Jane 



259 

Schultes, Laura Elizabeth 



260 

Schultes, Katherine Michelle 




Outline of Descendants 


Descendants of Phillip Eavers 

1 Phillip Eavers 

2 William Evers b:Abt. 1770 d: Aft. 1830 
+Caroline Jane Alexander 

3 William Evers b: Abt. 1 790 
3 Jane Evers b: Abt. 1795 

+ Peter Roberts b: Abt. 1 800 

3 James Robert Evers b: 1803 d: Aft. 1880 
t-Lancey (Nancy) Lehnan 

4 Jane Evers b: Abt. 1835 d: Aft. 1880 
+Jaeob Pettit 

5 Mary Pettit b: Abt. 1852 

5 Nancy Caroline Pettit b: Abt. 1857 
+George A. Phillips 

*2nd Husband of Nancy Caroline Pettit: 

+ Andrew Jackson Ragle 

6 Ella May Ragle b: Mar 1882 

+F rank Mathias Combest b: May 1867 d: Apr 16, 

1920 

7 Grace Combest b: May 1898 
*2nd Husband of Jane Evers: 

-t-George Thrasher b: 1 826 d: 1 882 

5 James E. Thrasher b: Abt. 1862 
+Carintha Elizabeth Parker 
*2nd Wife of James F.. Thrasher: 

+Jennie Bell Short 

5 William R. Thrasher b: Abt. 1866 
+Lucv Grimes b: Abt. 1867 

5 Cicero Augustus Thrasher b: Oct 1871 d: 1958 
+Julia Grimes b: 1872 d: Feb 12. 1917 

6 Louie Thrasher b: Mar 16, 1891 d: Oct 23, 1964 
+Anne Griffith 

7 Leevurn Thrasher b: May 12. 1917 d: Nov 07. 

1986 

7 Alfred Thrasher 

+Mary Neola d: Jan 07. 1988 

8 Freddie Earl Thrasher b: Apr 08, 1950 d:Junl2. 
1950 

6 Ella Thrasher b: Oct 1894 
6 Etta Thrasher b: Jun 22, 1 897 d: Jun 02, 1991 
+Melvin Trout b: lul 24, 1 896 d: Nov 10, 1959 
6 Maude Thrasher b: Jan 1900 
+ Virgil Caler 

6 Lizzie Thrasher b: Abt. 1903 
+ Will Champman 

6 Pearlie Thrasher b: Aug 24, 1906 d: Mar 31. 

1993 


6 Effie Thrasher b: Abt. 1908 
+Charly Kirby 
6 Eva Thrasher 
+Dennis Miller 

5 Oliv er Perry Thrasher b: Jun 10. 1873 
+Rosella Chumley 

*2nd Wife of Oliver Perry Thrasher: 

+George Anna Sneed b: . Ian 1879 

6 Virgie Thrasher b: Jan 1896 
5 Susan Thrasher b: Abt. 1876 

4 William W. Evers b: Abt. 1843 d: Apr 18, 1880 
+Rebecca A. Ritchey b: Abt. 1846 

5 James Thomas Evers b: Abt. 1868 d:Qct01,19l6 

5 Minnie L. Evers b: Ju! 15, 1874d: Oct 24, 1946 
+ Frank W. Phelps b: Apr 1872 d: Bef. 1930 

6 Lavania F. Phelps b: Jun 1895 
6 Jemings T. Phelps b: Abt. 1902 
6 Dorothy L. Phelps b: Abt. 1905 
6 Arnetia L. Phelps b: Abt. 1906 
6 Clifton C. Phelps b: Abt. 1907 

4 Volney Cicero Evers b: Aug 24. 1849 d: Jan 09. 
1919 

+Lenora Annabele Martha 1 Jooppaw b: Jun 27, 1855 
d: Feb 22. 1888 

5 Ernest Paul Evers b: Sep 12, 1874 d: Jul 22. 1945 
+Mary Juanita Popham b: Sep 13. 1888 d: May 30, 

1988 

6 King Wallace Evers b: Dec 16. 1914 d: Apr 26, 
1988 

+Dorothy 

7 King W. Evers. Jr. b: Abt. 1946 
+Marbea Lane 

8 Kirk Beatty Evers 

8 Kevin Wallace Evers 
*2nd Wife of King W. Evers, Jr.: 

+MelissaA. Ilovvellb: Abt. 1955 

7 Kathryn Evers b: Abt. 1947 
+Peler Lao 

*2nd Husband of Kathry n F.vers: 

+Robert G. Jensen b: Abt. 1947 

8 Brian Jensen 

8 Kristine Jensen 
+// Petersen 

7 Deborah Evers b: Abt. 1956 
+Jeffrey B. Murray b: Abt. 1953 

8 Seth Murray 

*2nd Wife of Ernest Paul Evers: 

+Martha// b: Abt. 1872 


324 


5 Arthur St. Clair Evers b: Aug 07. 1877 d:Junl6, 
1943 

+Eleanor Wisdom b: Mar 1889 

6 Eleanor Evers b:Abt. 1915 
+■// Supin 

5 Virginia Cicero Evers b: Aug 06. 1879 d: May 23. 
1969 

+David McFarland b: May 14. 1873 d: Apr 15. 

1950 

6 Eugene Evers McFarland b: Sep 14, 1899 d: Apr 
07, 1988 

+Catherine Merrill 

6 Virginia Lcnora McFarland b: Feb 28, 1905 d: 
Nov 14. 1977 

+ Joseph L. Sobbc b: Jun 09. 1902 d: Apr 20, 

1985 

6 James Vernon McFarland b: Oct 3 1. 1906 d: Aug 
20, 1959 

+Mildred Josephine Ragan b: Mar 27, 1909 d: Sep 
07, 1997 

*2nd Wife of Volney Cicero Evers: 

+Clara Belle Page b: Oct 15, 1861 d: Oct 15, 1931 
5 Volney Page Evers b: Jun 12. 1890 d: Jan 10. 
1969 

+Eva Belle Harrison b: May 29. 1897 d: Mar 18. 

1981 

5 Kittie Majel F.versb: Dec 14. 1893 d: Jun 1 1. 1967 
+Hubcrt Charles Dunlop b: Feb 05. 1884 

6 Majel Joyce Dunlop b: Mar 19. 1921 d: Nov 21. 
1995 

+William Kerr 

7 Kathleen Majel Kerr b: Aft. 1935 
6 Jasmyn Dunlop b: 1928 

-i-Robert A. Warren b: Abt. 1930 
*2nd I lusband of Jasmv n Dunlop: 

+Robert C. Hamilton b: Abt. 1933 
5 Wallace Joyce Evers b: Jul 1903d: 1907 
*2nd Wife of James Robert Evers: 

+Amanda // 

3 John Alexander Evers b: Mav 14. 1806 d: Oct 04, 
1868 

+Cvnthia Brookshire b: Aug 14. 181 1 d: Sep 30. 

1865 

4 Mary Jane Evers b: Sep 24. 1828 d: Apr 11. 1915 
+Jcsse C. Green b: Aug 09, 1817 d: Nov 08. 1878 

5 Martha M. Green b: Aug 04, 1847 d: Sep 02, 

1913 

+/Adams 

5 John Wesley Green b: Dec 1848 d: Jun 26, 1915 
-t-Mary F. Gaughb: Oct 1854 d: 1933 

6 Nora Green b: Oct 1895 
6 Ethel Green b: Jan 1878 


+Oris/Aris J. James b: Apr 1874 
6 Hubert Green 
6 Dola Green b: Oct 1 883 

6 Bessie Green 
t-Buric C. Nall 

7 Charlotte Nall 
7 Rachel Nall 

7 June Nall 

6 Daisy A. Green b: Dec 1887 
6 Jesse R Green b: Mar 1880 
6 Mary B Green b: Nov 1885 
6 Johnnie H Green b: Jul 1891 
6 Raymond Green b: Sep 1893 
6 Ora Green b: Oct 1895 

5 Caroline E. Green b: Nov 12. 1850 d: Jul 28. 1930 
+ Warren .1 Elliott b: Dee 1846 

6 James Elliott b: Abt. 1869 

5 Cynthia E. Green b: Jan 04. 1853 d: May 07. 
1926 

5 William R. Green b: Dee 10. 1854 d: Apr 20, 

1926 

5 L.ouisa J. Green b: Apr 17. 1857 
5 James Bynum Green b: Aug 06. 1859 d: Sep 18. 
1937 

+Effie Cosby b: Jul 26, 1877 d: May 20. 195 1 
5 George W. Green b: 1862 d: Jan 12. 1949 
5 A. Grant Green b: 1864 d: Mar 17. 1957 

5 Emma Z Green b: Apr 1 4. 1 866 d: Mar 02. 

1947 

+ Arthur Adams b: Mar 22. 1877 d: Mar 2 1, 1942 
♦2nd Husband of Emma L Green: 

^Benjamin Franklin Adams b: \pr09. 1861 d: 
Apr 30. 1944 

6 John B Adams b: Sep 1886 
6 Corric Adams b: Sep 1888 
6 Loran Adams b: Sep 1896 

4 MarthaEvers b:Jan22,183l d:Feb01.l899 

dames Nelson Boaz b: Jan 07. 1822 d: Mar 12. 

1875 

5 Alice Rosalie Boaz b: May 06. 1853 d: May 25. 
1899 

+Sampson Johnson Mathews b: Mar 23. 1835 d: 
Jan 21, 1905 

5 George Washington Boa/ b: Sep 13. 1854 d: Apr 
21. 1877 

+Sallie Dav idson 

6 Walter Boa/ b: 1874 

6 Edna Boaz b: Feb 0 1 . 1 876 d: Feb 04. 1 974 
+// Bean 

7 Del Ion Dewey Bean b: Nov 21. 1898 d: Mar 15. 
1969 

5 Benjamin Franklin Boa/ b: \pr 13, 1856 d: Oct 


31, 1948 

+Susan Frances Nall b: Aug 18. 1860 d: Sep 04, 

1942 

6 Pearl Boaz b: Abt. 1891 
6 Howard Boaz b: Abt. 1893 

6 Nannie May Boaz b: Abt. 1900 
+Jim Bob King 

7 Boaz E. Belt b: Nov 1 1. 1923 d: Oct 24. 2000 
6 Mildred Boaz b: Abt. 1902 

5 Linn Boyd Boaz b: Feb 07, 1858 d: 1902 
+Lvdia A. Douglas b: Abt. 1864 d: 1915 

6 Leonard Augustus Boaz b: Jun 08, 1 882 d: Jun 
06, 1883 

6 Effie Agness Boazb: Jun 30. 1884 d: Mar 17. 

1970 

+/Kachelhol'er 

7 Eva Kachel holer b: Bet. 1903 - 1904 
*2nd Husband of Effie Agness Boaz: 

+Joseph Cordray 

6 Orville Linn Boaz b: Dec 07, 1886 d: Jan 1968 
+Alice Gibbons b: Abt. 1904 
6 Tressie M. Boaz b: Sep 1890 

6 Delbert John Boazb: Sep 05, 1892 d: Jan 28. 1958 

7 Mary Boazb: Abt. 1924 

7 Virginia Boaz b: Abt. 1936 
5 Mark Wilton Boazb: Apr 1 1, 1859 d: Apr 06. 

1884 

5 Thomas Dick Boaz b: May 25, 1861 d: Nov 08, 
1919 

+Lucy Brown Belote b: Jul 12, 1870 d: Feb 22, 

1950 

6 Lura Boaz b: Nov 15. 1890 d: Mar 10, 1981 
+James J McNeeiv b: Jan 15, 1884 d: Nov 06, 

1950 

7 Lala Virginia McNeely b: Dec 30, 1914 d: Sep 
1985 

+Willard Chandler Parker b: 1913 

8 Living Parker 
8 Living Parker 

7 Lucy Ellen McNeely 
+.!ames Kenneth Tyler 

8 James Alan Tyler 

8 Stev en Kenneth Tvlcr 

7 Mary Sue McNeely 

+Edward Frederick Solliday b: Jan 13, 1918 d: 
May 07, 1992 

8 Liv ing Solliday 

6 Lala Boaz b: Jan 1896 

6 Joseph Noble Boaz b: Aug 07, 1 899 d: Aug 
1972 

6 Thenton D. Boaz b: Aug 25. 1904 d: Jan 07. 1993 
5 Lorenzo Dow Boaz b: Jul 14, 1 863 


+Elizabeth Watts b: Abt. 1869 
5 Abraham Sherman Grant Boaz b: 1865 d: 1866 

5 John Dav id Evers Boaz b: Jan 26, 1867 d: Dec 

23, 1943 

+ Annette Jane Gardner b: Mar 1877 d: 1942 

6 Knox G Boaz b: Jan 06. 1902 d: May 1977 

6 Evers Harper Boaz b: Aug 10, 1908 d: Mar 08, 
1983 

+Alice Josephine Miller b: Aug 05. 1914 d: Apr 
20, 1996 

7 Living Boaz 

6 Ruth Boaz b: Abt. 1912 
6 Joe Boaz b: 1917 

5 William Penn Boaz b: Dec 11, 1868 d: Jul 31. 

1887 

4 Delphia Caroline Evers b: Jun 25, 1833 d: Nov 
17, 1916 

+Joshua Short Copland b: Nov 27, 1812 d: Aug 30. 

1895 

5 David Alexander Coplandb: Dec 20, 1858 d: Oct 

24. 1862 

5 Louisa Elizabeth Coplandb: Nov 20, 1860 d: Jun 
30, 1929 

+Thomas William Starks b: Nov 20. 1850 d: Nov 

1917 

6 John A. Starks b: Dec 01, 1876 d: Aug 18. 1878 

6 William Howard Starks b: Jul 25. !879d: Mar 20. 
1963 

+Clara Elvira Taylor d: Dec 22, 1954 

7 Ida Elizabeth Starks b: Abt. 1920 

6 Herbert Garfield Starks b: Jul 21, 1883d: Dec 22, 
1963 

+Lula Bell Shelton b: Abt. 1879 

7 Infant Daughter Starks b: Jan 27, 1904 d: Jan 
27, 1904 

*2nd Wi fe of Herbert Garfield Starks: 

+Maud Malissa Little b: Oct 31, 1 89 1 d: Jul 04, 

1965 

7 Gwendoline Starks b: Sep 19, 1909 d: May 05. 
1982 

+Rollie Ira Helmig b: Oct 05. 1906 d: Mar 04, 

1994 

8 Herbert Fredrick Helmig b: Jan 20, 1929 

8 Steven Ray Helmig b: Mar 24. 1947 d: Mar 21. 
1996 

6 Roxy Short Starks b: Dec 31, 1883 
+Elva Alexander b: Abt. 1887 

7 Clelus Maca Starks b: Nov 24, 1907 
7 Charles William Starks 

6 Dcphia Pearl Starks b: Jul 11. 1886 d: May 20. 
1953 

+Clarenee Elmer Jacobs b: Oct 13, 1882 d: Dec 


326 


06. 1074 

7 Alton Jacobs b: Dec 03. 1905 d: Nov 1968 
7 Irene Jacobs b: Jan 06. 1910 d: Nov 30. 1941 

6 Alma Mariah Starks b: Mar 02. 1889 d: Mar 03, 
1979 

^Andrew Perry l ittle 

7 Harold Little b: Jun 30. 1907 d: May 13.1987 

7 Gerald Little b: Jun 13. 1918 d: Dee 16. 1988 

6 Sollie Starks b: Jul 15. 1893 d: Dee 13. 1894 

6 Lillian Ruth Starks b: Oct 24. 1895 d: Aug 30, 
1976 

+Wilburn Trumbo 

7 Forest Trumbo 

6 Ishmal Fred Starks b: Jul 12. 1898 d: Sep 07, 
1899 

6 Edna Starks b: Jul 26. 1900 d: Dee 21, 1900 

6 Susie Starks b: Jan 08. 1902 d: Jun 16. 1987 

+Rov Ldgar Bamettb: Abt. 1900 

7 Roy Jr. Barnett 

5 Lila Josephine Copland b: Aug 23, 1863 d: Jan 
20. 1943 

+ William Green Douglas b: Jan 1857 d: Jan 20. 

1909 

6 Lva Leota Douglas b: May 1887 
+Charles William Smith b: Abt. 1888 

7 Orien Glen Smith b: Oct 14. 1908 d: 1968 

7 William G Smith b: May 02. 1912 d: Mar 09. 

1993 

7 Bessie Ellen Smith b: Mar 12. 1917 d: Feb 14. 
1938 

s-Paul Green 

6 Aubrey Douglas b: Nov 19,1889 d: Jan 27, 1978 
-t-Elizabeth Bunch b: Abt. 1893 

7 Lester Douglasb: Abt. 191 1 
7 Ray Douglas b: Abt. 1914 

7 Velma May Douglas b: Abt. 1915 
7 John Fred Douglas b: Abt. 1917 
7 Helen M. Douglas 

6 Charles II. Douglas b: Dee 1891 
+Ethel Sexton 

7 lone Douglas 

7 Charles R. Douglas 
7 Homer B. Douglas 
6 Claude C. Douglas b: Oct 1894 
6 William Arthur Douglas b: Jul 07. 1895 
6 Infant Douglasb: Sep 05. 1904 d: Aug 07, 1905 
6 John Frederick Douglas b: Jul 31. 1906 
5 Martha Lenora Copland b: Feb 03, 1867 d: Apr 
1 1. 1956 

+Jamcs W. McNanna b: Abt. 1861 
5 Margaret Leota Copland b: Feb 03. 1867 d: Nov 
23, 1935 


•-William Wesley Clark b: Nov 18. 1853 d: Nov 03. 

1933 

6 Ida Lenore Clark b: Sep 30. 1889 d: Dec 18. 

1990 

+Guitford Edmond Landonb: Dec 04. 1882 d: Mar 
13. 1952 

7 Naomi L. Landon b: Mar 28. 1916 
7 Thelma L. Landonb: 1919 

6 Charles II. Clark b: Jan 09. 1 892 
+Mary Nelson b: 1899 

7 Melburn Lee Clark b: Abt. 1921 

6 Dclphia Lavinia Clarkb: May 0 1. 1900 d: Jul 03. 
1993 

-•-Arthur James Plat/.ek b: Sep 12. 1897 d: Aug 03. 

1961 

7 Max W. Platzek b: 1920 

7 May belle Platzek b: Oct 05. 1929 
+// Shelton 
7 Ruth Platzek 
+// Campbell 

5 Charles McPherson Copland b: Sep 1 8. 1 869 d: 
Sep 28, 1951 

-t-Ella Elizabeth Mangum b: Abt. 1870 

6 Orien R. Copland b: l eb 04. 1896 d: Mar 23. 

1896 

6 Gladys Mangum Copland b: Aug 29. 1898 d: Jun 
1984 

+John Alexander Hottell b: Mar 04. 1886 d: Jan 
18. I960 

6 Nellie Coplandb: Aug 09. 1905 d: Aug 09. 1905 
6 lva Alberta Copland b: Jul 15. 1 907 d: Jan 20. 
1961 

+Bruce Smith b: Nov 06. 1909 
6 Carl C Copland b: 1903 

5 Cynthia Alice Copland b: Jan 09. 1872 d: Jul 
05. I960 

+Jamcs Milton Barnett b: Jan 31. 1870 d: May 21. 

1952 

6 Milton Dwight Barnett b: Dec 20. 1893 d: I eb 
03, 1972 

6 Infant Son Bamettb: Apr 18. 1897 d: Apr 18. 

1897 

6 James Leslie Barnett b: Jan 20. 1899 d: Jan 28. 
1972 

6 Nellie Barnett b: May 30. 1904 d: Jul 30. 1953 
6 Rosa Caroline Bamettb: Feb 27, 1913 d: Jun 17, 
1970 

5 Sarah Short Copland b: Sep 05. 1874 d: Feb 09. 
1957 

+Jcssc Thomas Hawkins b: 1868 d: 1924 
5 James F ranklin Copland b: Abt. 1874 
• Sarah Catherine l.oven b: \bt. 1877 


327 


*2nd Husband of Delphia Caroline Evers: 

+J.M. Crider 

4 William Henry Warren Evers b: Jul 04. !835d: Dec 
02, 1864 

+Nancy Serena Pryor b: Jan 20, 1837 d: Oct 25. 

1898 

5 Mary Francis Evers b: 1856 d: 1858 

5 Samuel Lee Evers b: Sep 01, 1858 d: Sep 30, 

1858 

5 Cynthia Elizabeth Evers b: Sep 02, 1860 d: Sep 
06, 1888 

5 James Pry or Eversb: Nov 27. 1862 d: Feb 07. 

1946 

+Laura Carolina Reed b: May 09, 1864 d: Mar 25, 

1892 

6 Verna Valora Evers b: Oct 3 1,1884 d: Jul 17, 
1975 

+Joseph Stanley Burradell b: Mar 21, 1884 d: 1954 

7 Lv da Evers Burradell b: Nov 17, 1912 d:Aug 
1981 

+ Ear! L. Jr. Beard b: Aug 3 1,1912 d: Apr 28, 

1975 

8 Belinda Beard b: Mar 04, 1940 

8 Betsy Ann Beard b: Nov 09, 1949 
8 Robert Earl Beard 
+Kathleen A. McQuade 

7 Martha Frances Burradell b: Jun 27, 1919 
+Francis Ruger DeJamctte b: Feb 13. 1919 d: Oct 

1980 

8 Don Francis DeJarnette b: Jan 20. 1943 
8 James Frank. DeJarnette b: Feb 17, 1947 

6 William Pleasant Valentine Eversb: Jul 03. 1 886 d: 
Feb 10, 1961 

+Ethel l, uriine Taylor b: Dec 13, 1890 d: Mar 17, 

1985 

7 James Tay lor Evers b: Jul 29. 1912 d: Jul 15. 
1996 

+Mary Jane Dav idson b: Sep 04. 1918 

8 Sally Jane Evers b: Sep 1 1, 1942 
+Geraid Weiier 

8 Nancy Jane Evers b: Aug 27, 1944 d: Nov 16, 

1944 

8 Barbara Jane Evers b: Oct 01. 1945 
+Raymond Dodd 

9 Mary Jane Dodd b: Oct 1 1. 1965 
+Roberl Melendez 

10 Emily Dodd Melendez b: Jan 16, 1992 
10 Alex Melendez b: 1996 

9 Richard Evers Dodd b: Oct 01, 1968 

8 William Davidson Evers b: May 03. 1947 
+Joanne Dollish 

9 Christopher Gandolf Evers b: Oct 20, 1972 


9 Michael Davidson Evers b: Oct 20, 1972 
8 Helen Jane Evers b: Oct 15. 1950 

8 Susan Jane Evers b: Jun 05, 1955 
+John Hardin 

*2nd Husband of Susan Jane Evers: 

• Richard Stalcup 

9 Richard E. Stalcup 
9 Michael Stalcup 

9 Jamie Stalcup b: Jan 04, 1997 
7 William Vastine Eversb: Sep 1915 d: Sep 1915 

7 Laura Jane Evers b: Dec 01, 1916 d: Mar 23, 
1996 

+James Alvin Jr. Bohannon 
*2nd Husband of Laura Jane Evers: 

+Blaisdell Myers Kull b: Aug 24. 1915 d: Jan 30. 

1991 

8 Martha Lurline Kull b: Jan 17, 1942 
+Gene L McQuillin 

9 Gordon Jay McQuillin b: Apr 30. 1969 

9 Tiffany Lurline McQuillin b: Jan 05. 1973 
+Christopher Matthew Lux 

8 Laura May Kull b: Jul 18, 1943 
+John Peter Schultes 

9 Laura Elizabeth Schultes b: Aug 26. 1967 
+Lee Matthew Martinez 

10 Lee Matthew III Martinez b: Sep 21, 1993 

10 Anthony Christopher Martinez b: Jul 14, 1995 

10 Christian Richard Jonathon Martinez b: Apr 01, 
1998 

9 Katherine Michelle Schultes b: Nov 05. 1971 
+James Allan Jr. Carpenter 

10 Jessica May Carpenter b: Jun 25, 1996 
9 Martha Suzanne Schultes b: Nov 05. 1971 

6 James Albert Evers b: May 21, 1888 d: Jun 05. 
1888 

6 Mattie Veria/Viva Ev ers b: Jul 27, 1 890d: Jan 18. 
1891 

5 Susie William Johnson Evers b: Nov 22, 1864 d: 
Feb 23, 1936 

+George Kendrick Feezor b: Oct 09. 1857 d: Jan 
29, 1915 

6 Greenville Feezor b: Feb 24, 1885 d: May 03, 
1891 

6 William N. Feezorb: Apr 17. 1887 d: Dec 29, 

1888 

6 Grover Osvvell Feezorb: Feb 14. 1889 d: Jan 17, 
1975 

+Mary M Collerb: Abt. 1887 d: Dec 22. 1968 

7 Robert K Feezor b: Aug II. 1910 d: Jan 19.2003 
7 Mable Feezor b: Jun 28, 1913 


328 


7 Neoma Fee/or b: .Ian 09, 1915 
7 James Gilbert Feezor b: Apr 08, 1917 d: May 31. 
1928 

6 James Thomas Fee/orb: Sep 22, 1894 d: Nov 22. 
1976 

+Nora Lee Kaler b: Sep 1 1. 1896 d: Sep 22. 

1933 

7 James Level Feezor b: Jun 01. 1918 d. Mar 
1964 

+Odessa Lawrence 

8 Reginald Feezor 
8 Rocky Feezor 

8 Living3 Feezor 

7 F.dgar Lee Feezor 

8 Libby Feezor 
8 Oddie Feezor 

7 Wilma Feezor 
+Duban Gentry 

8 Deborah Gentry 

8 Pamela Kay Gentry 
*2nd Husband of Wilma Feezor: 

+Jim Lowe 
8 Jamie Lowe 
8 Merilee Lowe 
8 Patricia Lowe 

6 Annie Mae Feezorb: Aug 29, 1896 d: Aug 24. 

1974 

+Pcrry Roscoc Brown b: Aug 26, 1894 d: Feb 11. 

1954 

7 Perry Roscoc Jr. Brown b: Aug 16. 1920 d: Aug 
05. 1921 

7 Helen Kathleen Brown b: Nov 26. 1921 d: Nov 

01,2001 

+William Hardy Jr. Housman b: Nov 07. 1918 d: 
Apr 18. 1975 

8 William Hardy III Housman b: Apr 15, 1948 
8 Perry Brown Housman b: Nov 20. 1954 

+Marilvn Janette Robinson 
6 Lvelina Feezorb: Aug 1 898 

6 Graeie Feezor b: May 12, 1900 d: Jul 26. 1985 
t-Rudy Lester Moore b: Oct 15, 1897 d: Dec 03. 

1966 

7 Margucrictc Elizabeth Moorcb: Sep 09, 1922 
+Robert Glenn Kinney b: Apr 17. 1918 

8 Glenda Kay Kinney b: Jan 08. 1947 
7 Hilda Jane Moore b: May 28, 1924 

+John Charles Cooper 
7 Judith Feezor Moore b: Oct 02, 1933 
LEdwin Boyd Rudolph 
7 Patricia Ann Moore b: Jun 29. 1937 
LKenneth Joe Holliday 
6 Marguerette Feezor b: 1902 


^Raymond K. Boazb: 1900 d: Mar3l. 1965 
7 Charlotte Boazb: Abt. 1925 
7 William G Boaz b: Jul 26. 1926 

4 Margaret Elizabeth F. vers b: Dec 08. 1837 d: Feb 
19, 1876 

+Calvin Johnson Ray h: Oct 12. 1833 d: Dee 01. 

1864 

5 James Calvin Ray b: Feb 06. 1857 d: Feb 17. 

1857 

*2nd Husband of Margaret Elizabeth Evers: 

^Joseph W. Gaunt 

4 Louisa I lei len Evers b: Nov 19. 1839 d: Aft. 
1895 

+Roland Connor Green b: 1834 d: 1876 

5 Isaac W. Greenb: Nov 09. 1858 d: Jul 11. 1946 

5 James A. Green b: Feb 1860 
^Martha Stoval 

6 Joseph W. Green b: Aug 1885 
6 William O. Green b: Aug 1 887 
6 Charley Green b: Sep 1889 

6 Elvin Green b: Jun 1891 

5 Francis Marion Greenb: 1861 d: 1909 
-^Georgia Ann Pittman b: Nov 01. 1863 d: Dec 19. 

1942 

6 Alphus Walter Green b: Jun 25. 1891 d: Dec 05, 
1969 

+Nora Green 

*2nd Wife of Alphus Walter Green: 

+L.inda O. l athering 

6 Birdie Ann Green b: Jul 21. 1889d: May 02. 1976 
+John Puryear Wilkerson b: Sep 19, 1886 d: Sep 

28. 1949 

7 J.P. Ray Wilkerson b: May 08. 1926 d: May 27. 
1957 

6 Ressie Marion Green b: Oct 08. 1895 d: Jan 23. 
1933 

+Ez.ra Cecil Vaughan/Vaughn b: Sep 25. 1890 d: 
Feb 10. 1922 

7 Dorthea Louise Vaughan b: Dee 24. 1916 d: Jul 
30, 1974 

+Flarmon Bertrev Summerville b: Jan 25. |9(5d: 
Jul 22. 1974 

8 Stella Summerville 
+Rube Clayton StelTey 

8 Mary Summerville 
8 Billy Way ne Summerville 

7 Owen G. Vaughan b: 1918 d: 1991 
t-Edna Mohler 

8 R.D. Vaughan 
8 Max Vaughan 
8 Jessie Vaughan 

7 Wilma Cecil Vaughan b: Oct 08, 1922 d: Jun 06, 


329 


1945 

+Ardie B. Speed 
8 Marion Speed 
8 Ann Speed 

6 Nellie Green b: Aug 02, 1873 d: Aug 02. 1873 
6 DellieGreen b: Jan 10. 1 888 d: Jan 10. 1888 

5 William Brovvnlow Green b: Sep 20, 1863 d: Feb 
28. 1936 

+Nannie Bell Kidd b: 1870 d: 1959 

6 Roy Green 
6 Earl Green 

6 Herman Green 
6 Ted Green 
6 Gums Green 
6 Neil Green 
6 Ruble Green 
6 Elbert Green 
6 Jewell Green 
6 Louise Green 
6 Graee Green 

5 Roland Connnor Jr. Green b: 1865 
5 Harriet Green b: Abt. 1 868 

5 Martha Green b: Feb 10. 1869 d: Jul 01. 1894 
+Wi!!iam White Gough b: Jan 31.1 858 d: Jan 03, 

1926 

6 George Gough b: 1874 
6 Quinnie Gough 

5 George O Green b: May 20, 1874 d: Nov 23, 

1952 

5 Quinnie Green b: Jun 10. 1876 d: Nov 29, 1952 
+William Henry ''Parham” Piltmanb: Jul 19, 1856 d: 

Jul 17, 1930 

6 Frank Pittman 
6 Infant Pittman 
6 Robert Pittman 
6 Robin Pittman 

6 Gordon B Pitman b: 1898 d: Jan 27, 1977 
6 Paul Pittman b: 1902 
6 Noble Pittman b: 1906 
6 Jewell Pittman b: 1908 

4 Zarelda Isabella Eversb: Jan 07, 1842 d: Jul 07. 
1907 

+James Franklin Copland b: Jan 05. 1838 d: Feb 
19, 1862 

5 William J. Copland b: Abt. 1860 
*2nd Husband of Zarelda Isabella Evers: 

blames R. Covington b: Mar 14. 1835 d: Jun 30, 

1894 

5 Minnie Covington b: Aug 20, 1 864 d: Jun 22, 1946 
+Henry A. English b: Oet 1860 
5 William Hardin Covington b: Sep 12, 1867 d: 
Feb II, 1935 


5 James Robert Covington b: Jan 30, 1870 d: Jan 
09,1931 

5 Thomas John Covington b: Jan 30, 1870 d: Oct 
15, 1942 

5 Milano B. Covington b: Sep 10. 1875 d: Aug 05. 
1914 

5 Edward Harris Covington b: Jun 10. 1877 d: Aug 
28, 1944 

5 Quitmon C. Covington b: Mar 15. 1880 d: Apr 
03, 1947 

+Grace Overby b: May 03, 1886 d: Nov 05. 1990 

6 Thomas W. Covington b: Mar 15. 1917 d: Jul 
02, 1999 

+Muriel Long b: Jul 11, 1915 d: Aug 14,2006 
6 Zereia E Covington b: Dec 29. 1915 
+J. C. Boyd 

*2nd Husband of Zereia E Covington: 

+W. Ervin Morgan b: 1905 

4 James Albert LaFayette Evers b: Dee 07. 1843 
d: Aug 26. 1910 

+Ann Eliza McGee b: Apr 02, 1850 d: Dee 30, 

1918 

5 John Wesley Evers b: Apr 02, 1867 d: Jul 29. 
1883 

5 Albert Warren Evers b: Dec 07, 1869 d: Jan 11, 
1934 

+Tressa Myrtle Hitchcock b: Nov 27. 1877 d: Feb 
06, 1914 

6 Infant Son Evers b: Jul 02, 1 898d: Jul 02, 1 898 

6 Eunice Mildred Evers b: Abt. 1902 
+John H Meyer b: Jan 20, 1896 

7 W Warren Meyer b: 1923 

7 Evangeline M Mey er b: 1924 
7 Florence M Meyer b: 1925 
7 J Darrell Meyer b: Feb 03, 1926 d: Feb 1989 
7 Anna K Meyer b: 1928 

5 Hugh M. Evers b: Sep 11, 1872 d: Oct 08, 1872 

5 Eliza Jane Evers b: Sep 11. 1873 d: Sep 04, 

1874 

5 Cynthia Caroline Evers b: Sep 11, 1875 d: Apr 
30, 1953 

+Augustus Henry Lippert b: Dee 16, 1871 d: Nov 
02. 1955 

6 Holly Marcus Lippert b: Oct 30, 1899 d: Ju! 16. 
1930 

+Ruth Madden 

7 Leon Lippert 

7 Lorene Lippert 
7 Floyd Lippert 
7 Winnifer Lippert 

7 Edwin Aaron Lippert b: Feb 08. 1930 d: May 19. 
1930 


330 


6 Claude Luther Lipperlb: Jun 18. 1901 d: Nov 14, 
1974 

+Golda Helmig b: Mar 27. 1908 d: Feb 17. 1993 

7 Eva June l.ippert 


7 Doris C. Lippert b: Sep 17. 1931 
+.lack Morgan Mace b: Jun II. 1921 

d: Sep 09. 

1995 

7 Claudia L. Lippert 
6 Agnes Esther Lippert b: Aug II, 1904 

d: Aug 27. 

1980 

+Constantin Cochuba b: Nov 21, 1890 

d: Sep 25. 

1978 

5 James Oliver Evers b: Feb 23. 1878 

d: Oct 27. 

1926 

+Lucy Miller b:Apr05. 1881 d: May 13. 1964 

6 Flossie May Eversb: Feb 26, 1900 d: 

Dec 18, 

1992 

+John Russell Mclntire b: Oct 09, 1896 

d: Dec 15. 

1968 

7 Marshall Mclntireb: Oct 21. 1919 d: 

Oct 21. 1919 


7 James Russell Mclntire b: Apr 05. 1 92 1 d: Dec 
03, 1925 

7 Margaret Lucille Mclntireb: Mar 28. 1925 
+William South 

8 Steve South 
8 John South 

8 Sharon South 

7 Orpha Mildred Mclntire b: Feb 11, 1927 d: Nov 
23, 2001 

+ William Caldwell 

8 Jayne Caldwell 
8 I, i\ ing Caldwell 
8 Living Caldwell 
8 Living Caldwell 

6 Flora Lucy Evers b: Oct 09. 1901 d: Aug 17. 
1991 

+George Arthur Colbert 

7 George Arthur Colbert 

♦2nd I lusband of Nora Lucy Evers: 

+Harry Clary 

7 Joan Evers Clary b: Aug 10, 1933 d: May 20. 
2007 

+John Robert Crisman 

8 Rebecca Crisman 
+Rod Garvin 

9 Nikki Garvin 
9 Ashley Garvin 
9 Kelsey Garvin 
9 Don Garv in 

8 Roxanne Crisman 
8 James Crisman 
+Tina 


6 James Leo Evers b: May 07. 1903 d: Feb 15. 

1949 

^Blanche Mae Blasdel b: Sep 13. 1907 d: Jan 15. 

2001 

7 Homer Russell Evers b: Sep 06. 1925 d: Sep 02. 
1993 

+Eli/abeth Ross 
7 Hellen Evers b: Feb 1928 
Hierehi Bunch 

7 James Robert Evers b: 1931 
7 Virginia Ev ers b: 1934 
7 Larry Jo Evers b: 1948 

6 Clara Hester Evers b: Mar 25. 1905 d: 1995 
^Walter Lester Caraker b: Sep 05. 1 896 d: Jan 28. 

1960 

7 Virginia L Caraker b: 1927 

7 Sue Caroly n Caraker b: Sep 23. 1934 d: May 28. 

1980 

+William Eugene Glista b: Aug 19, 1934 d: \ug 
10. 2003 

8 Billie Glista 
8 Kathy Glista 

8 Jonathan Glista 
8 Jennifer Glista 

6 JohnA. Evers b: Jan 23. 1907 d: Nov 19.1917 

6 Orpha Eliza Evers b: Feb 12. 1909 d: Feb 12. 

2001 

^Hubert Pumphrey b: Jun 08. 1896 d: Dee 25. 

1966 

7 W. Howard Pumphrey b: Abt. 1918 

6 Jimmie Evers b: Nov 14. 1910 d: Sep 24. 1983 
*Ruth Eileen Hoyerb:Aug 10. 1919 d: Oct 02. 2008 

7 Patricia Eileen Evers b: heb 26. 1938 d: Aug 30. 

1981 

+Bernard Frances O'Donnell 

8 Patrick Timothy O'Donnell b: Aug 1 1. I960 
Moan Vogel b: Sep 16. 1963 

9 Kelsey Marie O'Donnell b: Apr 03. 1993 
9 Courtney Ruth O'Donnellb: Nov 09. 1997 

8 Jeffrey Lawrence O'Donnell b: Aug 26. 1963 
+Shana Lowe b: Sep 30. 1962 

9 Samantha Lynn O'Donnell b: Mar 24. 1987 
+Matthcvv Kohler 

10 Kalelyn Patricia Kohler b: Jun 23, 2007 
9 Ian Michael O'Donnell b: Apr 06. 1992 

8 Anne Marie O'Donnell b: Sep 15, 1966 
*-Kev in Erhrmann 

9 Patrick Joseph Erhrmann b:Apr 13. 1993 
9 Paige Chv anne I rhrmann b: Jan 06. 1999 
9 Jordan Lillian Erhrmann b: May 30. 2000 

♦2nd Husband of Anne Marie O'Donnell: 

+// Perez 


331 


9 Carlos Perez b: Oct 09, 2003 

7 Barbara Ellen Evers b: Oct 26, 1940 

+Terry Beaver Loughman b: Jun 07, 1936 d:Aug 
28, 1994 

8 Lance Evers Loughman b: Dec 09. 1964 
H.eslie Lynn Wohlscheid b: Mar 05, 1964 

9 Terran Evers Loughman b: Mar 27, 1999 

8 Chad Elliott Loughman b: Mar 09, 1970 
-t-Amy Samaripa 

9 James Terry Loughman b: May 24, 2007 
*2nd Husband of Barbara Ellen Evers: 

+Rod lander 

7 Nancy Ann Ev ers b: Oct 08, 1946 

6 Virgil David Evers b: Dec 03, 1912 d: Oct 22. 
1979 

-t-Millie Ann (Farris) Tibbs b: Jan 30, 1919 d: Jul 
16. 1997 

7 Shirley Ann Evers b: Apr 28. 1944 
+//Butler 

*2nd Husband of Shirley Ann Evers: 

-(-//Stroup 

7 Scott David E\ ers b: Nov 03, 1946 
+Cheryl b:Abt. 1951 
7 Jimmie Evers 

6 Raymond Russell Evers b: Sep 09, 1917 d: May 
24, 1967 

-(-Josephine 

7 Ray Evers b: Bcf. 1955 d: Bef. 1955 
7 Ramona Evers b: 1945 

+// Bryant 

*2nd Wife of Ramona Evers: 

+// Creech 

*2nd Wife of Raymond Russell Evers: 

-t-Naomi Delphine (Metzger) Ward b: Jul 26, 1914 d: 
Mar 22, 2003 

7 John Russell Evers b: Dec 26, 1955 

5 Luther LaF ay ette Evers b: Jul 15, 1883d: Jun 15, 
1945 

-(-Mary Ethel Bay less b: Feb 03, 1884 d: Aug 14, 

1922 

6 Evelyn Marie Evers b: Aug 23, 1906 d: Nov 21, 
1929 

-(-John Henry Meyer d: Aft. 1966 

7 Robert James Meyer b: Aug 10,1926 d: Mar 02, 
1927 

7 George Louis Meyer b: Abt. 1929 d: Jan 2009 
6 Pauline Inez Agnes Evers b: Jan 06. 1908 d: Jul 
22, 1908 

6 James Paul Evers b: Jan 06, 1 908 d: Nov 26, 
2007 

-(-Florence Jeanette Kennedy b: Apr 15, 1912 d: 
Jul 21. 1979 


7 Georgia Ann Evers b: Mar 22, 1934 
-t-Flenry Overturf 

8 [11 James Paul Overturf Wiedeman b: Aug 15, 
1952 

+[2 1 Jackie Merwin 

9 Trena Irene Merwin Wiedeman b: May 01. 1982 
+/ Steele 

10 Alexis LaRay Steele b: Feb 13,2001 
10 Keegan James Steele b: Mar 18, 2002 

*2nd Husband of Trena Irene Merwin Wiedeman: 

+/ Ames 

10 Quintin Dean Ames b: Sep 14, 2004 
9 Georgia Moriah Wiedeman b: Jan 02, 1985 
9 Aubrey James Wiedeman b: Sep 26, 1989 
*2nd Flusband of Georgia Ann F.vers: 

+Ear! H. Wiedeman 

8 [1] James Paul Overturf Wiedeman b: Aug 15, 
1952 

+[2] Jackie Merwin 

8 Teresa Ann Wiedeman b: Mar 25, 1959 

9 Rachael Nicole Wright b: Oct 20, 1977 
-(-Mark Hornyak b: May 16, 1079 

10 Regan Mae Hornyak b: Apr 30, 2007 

8 Glenn Earl Wiedeman b: Jan 13, 1961 
+Charolotte Derkowski Federowski 

9 Bonnie Federowski b: Apr 11, 1977 
+Brian Johnson 

10 Ada Marie Johnson b: Jul 28, 2003 
10 Koda Donald Johnson b: Apr 19, 2008 

9 Connie Federowski b:Aprll,1977 
+Brian Flaherty 

10 James Brian Flaherty b: Jan 18, 2000 

9 Mary Federowski b: Dec 19, 1978 
-(-Andrew Mix 

10 Michael Mix b: Nov 28, 1996 

8 Stewart Edward Wiedeman b: Feb 04. 1962 
+Rena Crisp 

9 Paul Earl Robert Wiedeman b: Feb 23, 1996 
9 Sean Glenn Wiedeman b: Jul 11,2001 

*3rd Husband of Georgia Ann Evers: 

-(-Ralph L. Blue 

7 Charles Lafayette Evers b: Dec 06, 1940 d: Jun 
11. 1944 

7 Janice Kay Evers b: Jul 08. 1946 
+Stan Brinker 

8 Bruce Lynn Brinker b: Mar 15, 1967 
-(-Nichole Faber 

9 Ross Brinker 
9 Jacob Brinker 
9 Nathan Brinker 


332 


8 Jeffery Keith Brinker h: Apr 1969 
+Kristin Peterson 

9 Clay Brinker 
9 Callie Brinker 

7 Byron Lynn Evers b: Jan 22. 1948 
+Brenda S. Baldridge b: Sep 09. 1950 

8 Rebecca Michelle Kricg b: Jul 03. 197 1 
+Phil Sherwood b: Dec 22. 1969 

9 Jane Elizabeth Sherwood b: Dec 03. 2003 
9 Ronald Arthur Sherwood b: Aug 15.2005 

9 Peter Montgomery Sherwoodb: May 17.2007 
9 Susan Michelle Sherwood b: Mar 08. 2009 

8 Lloyd James Evers b: Nov 27. 1977 
+Nicole Nethrour 

9 Corban Jaxon Evers b: Mar 05. 2004 
9 Falter Ly nn Evers b: Aug 28, 2005 

9 Brenan Kay F,\ ers b: Jun 27. 2008 
8 Justin Lee Evers b: Jan 09. 198 1 
+Rebecca Josephine Lopez b: Oct 01. 1974 
8 Westley Brian Evers b:Junll.l992 
*2nd Wife of James Paul Evers: 

+Evcly n Fuqua 

6 Mary Frances Evers b: Feb 11. 1909 d: Apr 23. 
1983 

+Calv in Shelton b: Jan 16, 1903 d: Nov 25. 1966 

7 Man Jim Shelton b: Nov 28. 1935 

+Gaylord Hallam Parker b: Nov 02. 1933 d: Feb 
08, 1990 

8 Lvnn Ann Parker h: Nov 16. 1954 
+John Wayne Flcss 

9 Eric Michael Flessb: Mar 18. 1980 
9 Blake Parker Flessb: Jul 22. 1982 

8 Stuart Wade Parker b: Aug 06. 1963 
+Alicia Futrell 

*2nd Wife of Stuart Wade Parker: 

+Kathrvn Thatcher 

9 Amanda Marie Parker b: Jul 04. 1991 

6 Rolland Evers b: Jun 07. 191 1 d: Feb 15. 2002 
+Mariam Mildred Wallers b: Sep 07. 1915 d: Apr 

04, 2002 

7 Cynthia Sue Ev ersb: May 12.1937 

+Ronald W. Sumner b: Jul 10. 1932 d: Mur 01. 

2006 

*2nd I lusband of Cynthia Sue Evers: 

+Jamcs Howard Yates b: Jan 3 1. 1936 

8 Evelyn Christiane Yates b: Nov 17.1956 
+Steven Donald Worden b: Jul 06. 1954 

9 James Stevan Worden b: Feb 27. 1982 

9 Katherine Anne Worden b: Nov 24. 1984 
t-Brandon Neitz b: Apr 19. 1983 

10 Micah Kailen Neitz b: Jan 17.2002 

10 Logan Reese Neitz b: Mar 21. 2003 


10 Emmalee Hannah Shea Neitz b: Oct 24. 2005 

8 Elizabeth Catherine Yates b: Feb 19. 1959 
-•-Jackie Randell Hooker b: Jul 10, I946d: Jul 02. 

2006 

8 Elaine Cathleen Yales b: Vug 18. 1961 
■•-W illiam Earl Snyder 

9 Anthony Joseph Snyder b: Vug 15. 1982 
9 Ashley Cy nthia Snyder b: Dec 27. 1984 

+John Rodrigues 

7 Ann Elizabeth Evers b: Apr 13. 1939 
*Bud Dresser 

8 Patrick Jonas Dresser b: Dec 02. 1964 
+Debbie Taylor 

9 Cody Dresser b: Nov 03. 1989 
*2nd Husband of Ann Elizabeth E\ ers: 

-•-Charles Eichom 

7 Daniel Rolland Evers h: Jun 05. 1940 
-•-Connie Jeannine Barnes 

8 Lucinda Jeannine Evers b: Oct 19, 1961 
■•-James Mike Cobb b: May 10. 1959 

9 Dana M. Cobbb: Jan 18. 1980 

9 Amanda E. Cobb b: Aug 15. 1984 
9 James Mason C’obb b: Aug 01. 1986 
-t-Kayle Duke 

*2nd Wife of Daniel Rolland Evers: 

+Jcanna Wells Brock b: Apr 22. 1968 
8 Well Colton Brock b: Aug 3 I. 1994 
8 Dalton Taylor Brock b: Sep 24. 1996 

6 Stelsa Ethel Ev ers b: Jul 3 1 . 1913d: May 29. 1 994 
-•-Joseph Bray Bry ant b: Jul 04. 1912 d: Dec 26. 

1966 

7 Joseph Bay less Bry ant b: Vpr 19. 1939 
-•-Virginia Schaffer 

8 Christoper Kell Bryant b: May 24. I960 

9 Tessa Nicole Bry ant b: Jan 13. 1994 
8 Sherri Jo Bry ant b: May 13. 1962 

8 Melissa Kay Bryant b: Jan 29. 1964 

9 Tonya Lynne Bry ant b: Jul 07. 1981 

9 fifl any Anne Bryant b: Jul 07. 1981 d: Jul 1981 
7 Barbara Jean Bryant b: Mar 08, 1943 
6 Vivienne May Evers b: Feb 1 1.1916 d:Vlar09. 
2002 

-•-Robert D. Bundy 

*2nd Flusband of Viv ienne May Evers: 

-•-Flyman A. Deiteh b: 1911 d: Dee 01. 1974 
*3rd Husband of Vivienne May Evers: 

+Flarold David Schulkin b: Jun 06. 1921 d: l eb 
07, 1997 

6 I lelen Ann l ivers b: Sep 22, 1918 d: Mar 2 1, 

1971 

t-C'arl Foss 


333 


*2nd Husband of Helen Ann Evers: 

■fAchilles Savoia De Vita b: Oct 25, 1913 d: Nov 
17, 1980 

7 Ann De Vita b: May 09, 1947 d: May 09, 1947 
7 Alfred Savoia Dc Vitab: Jun 25, 1948 d: Apr 14. 
1995 

-i- Andrea Coral Dressee 

7 Vivi Frances De Vita b: Nov 11,1949 

+Shavvn Michael Garland b: Jan 24. 1949 d: Apr 
29, 2003 

8 Shavvna Garland b: Dec 07, 1979 
+Antoian Ronnie Carey 

9 Destiny Fath- Ann Carey b: Mar 05, 1998 
9 DeShavvn Carey b: Nov 27. 2002 

7 James Allen De Vita b: Dec 06. 1956 
+Grace Elizabeth Berman 

8 Jacob De Vita b: May 21, 1979 
*2nd Wife of James Allen De Vita: 

+Gina Marie Lewis 

8 Jessie Lane De Vita b: Dec 11. 1997 
7 Margaret Ann De Vitab: 1957 d: 1957 
7 Keith Anthony De Vita b: Aug 29, 1960 
-t-Sharon Lee (Albright) Stanworth 
6 Benjamin Evers b: Aug 14, 1922 d: Aug 14. 
1922 

*2nd Wife of Luther Lafayette Evers: 

+Ne!!ie H. Tro\ illion b: Feb 20. 1883 d: Jun 13. 

1966 

6 Luther Trevelyn Evers b: Jun 25, 1924 d: Aug 
24, 1988 

+Helen Fraemhsb: Jun 13, 1926 d:Apr03, 1994 

7 Luther Robert Evers b: Feb 01, 1953 
+Eiizabeth 

*2nd Wife of Luther Robert Evers: 

+Gina Marie Montone 

8 Nicholas Eversb: Aft. 1983 

7 Justine Nell Ev ers b: Aug 07. 1955 
+George David Price 

8 Robert David Price b: Jul 16, 1972 

9 Zack Price b: Aug 10. 1992 

9 Emily Price b: Dec 03. 1996 
+Laura Lynn Pridgen 
9 Joe Pridgen b: Abt. 1997 
9 Ashley Pridgen b: Abl. 1999 
*2r.d Husband of Justine Nell Evers: 

+Tracy Freeman 

8 Justin Toussaint Freeman b: Jul 20, 1989 
8 Traci Charmine Desiree Freeman b: Oct 21. 1992 

7 Paul David Evers b: Mar 15. 1959 
-t-l.aurie Hoagland b: Jul 10, 1963 

8 Ashley Renee Evers b: Ma\ 07, 1991 


8 Caroline Marie Evers b: Aug 07, 1994 

7 Stelsa Evelyn Evers b: Jun 1962 
+ Victor Allen Carter 

8 Jessica Carter 

8 Amanda Carter 

*2nd Wife of Luther Trevelyn Evers: 

+Ana Otarola Bucare) 

6 Joseph Calvin Carr Evers b: Dec 17, 1926 
+Anna Lee Armstrong b: Sep 13, 1926 d: Ma> 17. 

2006 

7 Infant Male Evers b: Dec 1951 d: Dec 1951 

7 Mark Hasting Evers b: Sep 08. 1953 
+Mary Louise Parks b: Feb 16, 1955 

8 Miriam Michelle Evers b: Sep 29, 1978 
+Nathan Albert Walker b: Feb 26, 1977 

9 Zackarv Walker b: Apr 23. 2004 d: Apr 23. 

2004 

9 Lillian Chin Walker b: Aug 15, 2005 
9 Hannah Rose Walker b: Apr 28. 2007 
8 Justin Eric Evers b: Jun 19. 1980 
8 Jareth Armstrong F.vers b: Jun 12. 1987 
7 Dan Wesley Eversb: Jul 04, 1956 
+Bridget Ann Gregg 

7 Jane Ann Ev ers b: Mar 19, 1958 

+Riehard Joseph Comeau II b: Nov 27. 1957 d: 
Mar 3 1.2001 

8 Richard Daniel Comeau III b: May 25. 1992 
*2nd Wife of Joseph Calvin Carr Evers: 

+Karen Way Sannerb: Nov 04, 1939 

7 Kevin Dean Draper Evers b: Oct 11. 1966 
+Debra Marlene Taylor 

*2nd Wife of Kevin Dean Draper Evers: 

+Carla Jo Schlobohm b: Nov 03, 1969 

8 Kyle Matthew Koland Evers b: Dec 06. 1997 
8 Chad Michael Javon Evers b: Apr 13, 1999 
8 Christopher Joel Evers b: Dec 01. 2000 

8 Chloc Evers b: Oct 11,2002 

7 Karmen Way Draper Evers b: Oct 23, 1969 
-•-Douglas Scott Birdsell b: Sep 24, 1965 

8 KalyssaWay Birdsell b: Jul 12, 1996 
8 Kaleb Scott Birdsell b: Jun 29. 1999 

6 Harriett Hester Evers b: Sep 25. 1928 d: Feb 24. 

2005 

-Klesse Oscar Weaver b: Aug 28. 1925 d: Sep 30, 

1984 

7 Sharon Kaye Weav er b: Mar 09, 1949 
+Celso Auerlio Brizuela b: Jul 28, 1942 

8 Ariana Melody Shasta Brizuela b: Jan 15. 1986 
8 Brenn Roderick Brizuela b: Mar 06, 1988 

7 Leni Harriett Weaver b: Feb 18. 1950 
+Luciano Ramon Fernandez b: Dec 13, 1945 

8 Oscar Ramon Fernandez b: Jun 09. 1968 


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t-Simone Grummt 

8 Lucia Harriett Fernandez h: Oct 28. 1971 
+Luis Fernando I'ilano h: Feb 28. 1962 

9 l.uis Fernando Jr. Filano b: Feb 28. 1994 

8 Joenna Maria Fernandez b: Feb 29. 1976 
+Alejandro Ja\ ier Diaz 

9 Priscila Kay Diaz b: Jan 06. 2003 

9 Gabriela Paola Diaz b: Jan 06. 2003 

8 Cristina Kay Fernandez, b: Dec 23. 1977 
+Denis Formby 

9 Adriana Denise Formby -Fem'andez b: Oct 25. 1997 

* 1 st Husband of Cristina Kay Fernandez: 

+Anthony Manuel Suarez, b: May 12. 1967 
9 Solenia Kay Suarez b: Jan 21. 2008 

7 Mary Nelle (Marinel) Weaver b: Oct 03. 1954 

8 Jonelle Virginia Cristina Wea\ er b: Jan 08. 2000 

7 Frank Luther Weav er b: Jun 10, 1956 
+Maria Ramona F.spinola b: Nov 01. 1958 

8 Melissa Nelle Weaver b: Jul 1 8. 1976 

8 Jesse Daniel Weav er b: Dec 31. 1980 
+F,lena Aparccida Fernandez Prieto b: Aug 19. 

1979 

9 Frank Federico Weaver b: Jan 31. 2000 
8 Sharon Jane Weaver b: Aug 10, 1983 

8 Michael Clever Weaver b: Mar 17. 1992 
7 James Paul Weaver b: Feb 14. 1957 d: Feb 15. 

1957 

7 Joseph Lvers Weaver b: Mar 24. 1959 
+Sonia Cristina Vasconcelos b: Jun 08. 1956 

8 Jackson Fernando Weaver 

8 Frank Oscar Weaver b: Mar 04. 1981 
8 James Joseph Weaver b: Jun II. 1986 

7 Jessica Lucille Weaver b: Feb 16. 1962 
+Michael David Kelch b: Mar 03. 1956 

8 Michael Jake Kelch b: Nov 15.2002 

5 Harriett Hester Evers b: Sep 21, 1886 d: Mar 12. 

1958 

+Jay Darrel Ferguson b: Nov 28. 1884 d: Mar 25. 

1946 

6 Darrell Horatio Ferguson b: Feb 21. 1910 d: Nov 
17, 2004 

+Glady s Catherine Mcscher b: Sep 12, 1910 d: 
Jan 04. 1992 

6 Orville Blaine Ferguson b: Nov 10. 1912 d: Jun 
28. 1914 

6 Beatrice Kathleen Ferguson b: Oct 02. 1914 
t-George Racey 

7 Barbara .1. Racey 
7 Wanda L. Racey 
7 James I.. Racey 
7 Ann E. Racey 


7 Ruth E. Racey 

6 James Marsel Ferguson b: Dec 30. 1918 d:Apr 
26. 1987 

^Dorothy Merchant 

7 Shawn Elaine Ferguson b: Dec 13. 1945 

6 Laura Ann Ferguson b: Jan 11.1 922 d: Apr 07. 
1993 

^Clifford Meyer b: 1917 d: Nov 14. 1998 

7 Carl Dean Meyer 
7 Jerry Dale Meyer 

*2nd Husband of Laura Ann Ferguson: 

+? McKinney 

b Ly le Dean Ferguson b: Aug 05. 1924 d: Jul 29. 
1995 

+Mildred L.aveme Smith b: Bef. 1940 
7 Darrell Dean Ferguson b: Apr 14. 1958 
+ Veronica Gutierrez b: 1959 
7 Dav id James Ferguson b: Nov 07. I960 

6 Lallah Jean Ferguson b: Aug 05. 1924 d: Dec 10. 
2006 

^Barnard L. Spurlock b: Nov 04. 1921 d: Oct 3 I. 

2005 

7 Anita Spurlockb: Aft. 194 1 

8 Bryant Scott Hilcman b: Apr II. 1981 
+/ Wy ant 

5 Hubert Huffman Evers b: Jul 26. 1893d: Feb 26. 
1963 

+Clara Whitelock b: Nov 25. 1893 

6 Cynthia Eleanor Evers b: Mar 11. 1913 d: Jan 
01. 1978 

+Jesse Bostick 

7 James Bostick b: Aft. 1930 
7 Infant Bostick h:Afl. 1930 

7 Eleanor Bostick b: Aft. 1930 
6 Sarah Hester Ev ers b: Apr 20. 1915 
^Robert Foster 

*2nd Wife of Flubert Huffman Evers: 

+ Frances Kortz b: 1894 
6 Josephine Evers b:Abt. 1921 
^Donald Knapp 

6 Charles H. Evers b: Aug 28. 1923 d: Feb 29. 
2004 

+-Dolorcs Martozie 

*2nd Wife of Charles H. Evers: 

+Ruih Dawson 

7 Marian Evers 
+/ Wagner 

7 Cynthia Evers d:Abl. 2003 
+// Korman 

8 Daniel Korman 

6 Marjorie Ann Evers b: Aug 1931 
'E. Richard Steere b: Mar 02. 1927 


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7 Richard Steere b: 1953 
+Jaekie 

8 Rachel Steere b: Abt. 1990 
8 Riker Steere b: Abt. 1996 
8 Rcve Steere b: Abt. 1 997 
8 Riielv Steere b: Abt. 1998 

7 Gary Steere b: 1956 
+Kathy 

8 Brian Steere b: Abt. 1 985 
8 Laura Steere b: Abt. 1988 
8 Eric Steere b: Abt. 1988 

4 Nancy Minerva Evers b: Jun 2 1, 1846 d: Oct 22. 
1888 

+Jaeob Calvin Peeler b: Jul 22. 1839 d: Dec 03. 

1901 

5 Arthur Peeler b: Abt. 1863 

5 Cyntha J. Peeler b: Aug 20, 1866 d: Jun 20, 1902 
+Nathan Bridges b: Sep 10. 1861 d: Apr 02. 

1897 

6 Minnie E Bridges b: Sep 1884 
6 Nannie 1 Bridges b: Apr 1887 

6 Oma L Bridges b: Jan 01. 1890 d: Apr 14, 

1969 

6 Jula A Bridges b: May 1892 
*2nd Husband of Cyntha J. Peeler: 

+John W. George b: Jul 10. 1867d: Nov 16. 1934 

5 Alexander Julus Peeler b: Abt. 1868 
+Louisa Davis b: May 30, 1870 d: Oct 17, 1904 

6 Orva Peeler Peeler b: Abt. 1 896 
6 Arthur J Pcclerb: Abt. 1898 

*2nd Wife of Alexander Julus Peeler: 

+Maggie// 

5 Abram Peeler b: May 13, 1870 d: Jun 27. 1870 

5 Jacob C. Peeler b: Oct 13. ! 87 1 d: Aug 19, 

1948 

+Rela Belle Mowery b: Feb 1 3. 1 873 d: Mar 3 1 , 

1952 

6 Roy Peeler b: Nov 29. 1893 d: Dec 13. 1893 
6 Verna Peeler b: Oct 1895 d: Jan 20, 1981 

+Dal!as F Adams b: Oct 14, 1894 d: Dec 07, 

1950 

*2nd Husband of Verna Peeler: 

+Lconard McCarthy 


6 Lewis Glen Peelerb: 

MarlO. 1897 d: 

Jul 23, 1897 

6 Lois Gladys Peeler 

b: Mar 10. 1897 

d: Jun 28. 

1973 



+Joseph Clyde Buford 

b: Dec 02. 1894 

d: Aug 06, 

1972 




7 Joseph C Buford b: Jun 30, 1920 d: Jan 30. 2000 
6 Infant Peeler b: May 26, 1901 d: May 26. 1901 
6 Loren Thurman Peeler b: Jul 27. 1903d: May 04, 
1964 


5 Oma Peeler b: Nov 1875 

-t-John William Moore b: Jan 1871 d: Apr 15. 

1927 

6 Ernestine Moore b: Jun 20. 1906 d: Sep 26, 

1998 

+Lawrence Taylor Sogard b: Jun 26, 1901 d: Oct 
17, 1992 

7 Ralph John Sogard 
+Susanne Elliott 

8 Katherine Taylor Sogard b: Oct 09, 1963 d: Jul 
28, 200! 

8 / Sogard 
+/Paine 

9 Living 1 Sogard 
9 Living 2 Sogard 
9 Living 3 Sogard 

8 / Sogard 

+Laura Bailey b: Apr 06. 1919 

9 Living 4 Sogard 

6 Johnathan C. Moore b: Dec 1909 
6 Jean Moore b: Dec 1909 
5 John Peeler b: Jun 08, 1876 
+Ellen III 

5 Annie Peeler b: Abt. 1878 
5 Ethel Peeler b: Oct 23, 1882 d: Dec 09, 1882 

4 John Wesley H. Evers b: Dec 03, 1848 d: Oct 06. 
1920 

+Quinctta Jett b: Mar 08, 1858 d: Sep 02, 1926 

5 Myrtle Evers b: Sep 13. 1876 d: 1963 
+Georgc Albert Davis b: Mar 07. 1875 d: Jul 29. 

1922 

6 Carrie Valora Davis b: Oct 05, 1900 d: May 21. 
1982 

+lra Rankin b: Oct 06. 1897 d: Feb 16, 1970 
6 Helen Quinetta Isabella Davis b: Apr 16, 1906 

6 Robbie Davis b:Abt. 1911 
6 Mary Dav is b: Abt. 1912 
6 George Davis b: Abt. 1913 
6 Jack M Davis b: 1916 
*2nd Husband of Myrtle Evers: 

+Fred Wetterquist b: Abt. 1885 
5 Carrie Evers b: Apr 1878 d: Bef. 1880 
5 Robbie Evers b: Mar 08, 1880 d: Nov 22, 1902 

5 Maurice Jett Evers b: Dec 20. 1895 d: Mar 
1967 

+Delia M. b: Oct 06. 1907 d: Sep 1972 

6 Wesley L. Evers b: Sep 15, 1928 d: Feb 27, 

2003 

+Beverly Joyce Datcma 

7 John Evers 

7 Brenda Evers 


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7 Marsha Ev ers 
7 Gail Fvers 

4 Harriet Catherine Evers b: Mar 20. 1852 
+William Frank Willis b: Jan 26. 1851 d: May 06. 

1925 

5 Linda May Willis b: Feb 09, 1874 
+W A McComb b: Nov 1 86 1 

6 Catherine McComb b: Nov 1899 
6 Agnes May McComb b: 1901 

5 Maggie O Willis b: Oct 15, 1876 
5 Agnes Willis b: Dec 1879 
5 Eureka Belle Willis b: Jun 02. 1881 d: Oct 14. 
1956 

+Frank A Gleason b: 1874 

5 Laura Willis b: Oct 1883 
(-Patrick Henry Moody b: Aug 10. 1882 

6 Mary Catherine Moody b: 1912 
6 Dari s Moody b: 1918 

6 Anabel Moody b: 1923 

5 Besse Blanche Willis b: Apr 1886 

(-William Gunther McCullam b: Jul 15. l889d:Aug 
06. 1958 

6 William F. McCullam b: Abt. 1913 

6 Kenneth Evers McCullamb: Feb 09, 1918 d: Feb 
19, 1982 

+Frances Elizabeth Sneed b: Feb 24. 1917 d: Aug 
14, 2007 

7 Valerie Sue McCullam 
(-Max Akami 

7 Carol Joan McCullam 
+Vito Home 
7 Barbara Jo McCullam 
6 Robert Gunther McCullam b: Abt. 1919 
*2nd Husband of Besse Blanche Willis: 

(-John B Sumner 

5 Frank Willis b: Oct 12, 1889 
*2nd Wife of John Alexander Evers: 

+Mary Isabella Alexander 

3 Matilda Evers b: Abt. 1816 
+Otho D. Grimes b: 1815 d: 1879 

4 William Frank Grimes b: Abt. 1837 

4 Caroline Grimes b: 1840 
(-William Riley Perryman b: 1824 

5 Matilda .1. Perryman b: Abt. I860 

3 Joseph Nathan Evers b: Mar 18. 1819 d: Aft. Jul 
28. 1870 

+Elizabeth Ramey b: Nov 16.1818 d: Aft. Jul 28, 

1870 

4 James Robert Fvers b: Aug 05, 1846 d: Jan 20, 
1938 

t-Charlotte Copland b: 1847 d: Mar 31, 1937 

5 Martha Fv ers 


5 William Francis Eversb: Dec 24. 1866 d: Mar 06. 
1940 

-•-Mary A Greer d: Jun 26. 1890 

6 Unnamed Son Fvers b: Oct 20. 1887 

6 Donnie Bell Eversb: Jun 16. 1890 d: Mar09. 

1939 

*2nd Wife of William Francis Fvers: 

^Sarah Ellen Morgan b: Nov 25. 1876 d: Mar 20. 

1935 

6 Beulah Fern Eversb: Nov 1898 d: Aug 28. 1964 
^Frederick Lee Price b: Jul 07. 1890 d: May 08. 

1970 

7 Harry Archie Price 
7 I'homas Lee Price 

6 James William Evers b: Jan II. 1901 d: Jul II. 
1979 

+Blanehe Esther Mien b: Sep 28. 1907 d: Dec 27. 

1987 

7 James Victor Evers b: Dec 21. 1938 d: Dec 27. 
1938 

7 Owen Fvers b: Dec 12. 1939 d: Dec 13. 1996 
+llenrictia Jones 

8 Owen Eugene Evers 
8 Mike I odd Evers 

+Lisa M. Palmer 

7 Lewis R. Evers b: Feb 13. 1942 d: Dec 31. 

2001 

8 Richard Evers 
8 Rebecca Evers 

7 Linda S Evers b: Dec 05. 1943 d: Bef. 1996 
+ 7 / Jordan 

6 Charles C. Fvers b: Oct 02. 1903 d: May 1952 
-t-Ada G. b: 1914 d: 1977 

6 Albert Hovvel Evers b: Mar 27. 1907 d: May 07. 
1985 

(-Agnes Adeline Hayes b: Dec 2 1. 1912 d: Jul 15. 

1984 

7 Alberta Evers 
7 Loyce Evers 
7 Joyce Evers 

6 John Franklin Evers b: Dec 16. 1909 d: Mar 
1978 

+Lizzie Allen 

6 Violet Fay l.vers b: Nov 10. 1913 
5 Elizabeth Catherine Ev ersb: Apr 20. 1870 d: Aug 
21, 1962 

(-John D. Reese b: Abt. 1 863 

♦2nd Husband of Elizabeth Catherine Evers: 

-t-John I Down in 

♦3rd Husband of Elizabeth Catherine Fvers: 
•(-Augustus Willard larr b: 1865 d: Nov 23. 1943 
5 John Robert Eversb: Dec 23. 1874 d: Dec 12. 


337 


1949 

+Laura Ida Bums b: Aug 3 l, 1874 d: Aug 03, 

1915 

6 Paul V Evers b: Nov 26, 1894 d: May 06, 1937 
+Mary Evers b: 1893 d: Jun 05, 1950 

6 Seth Evers b: Dee 15, 1896 d: Jui 1972 
+Sylvia Snell d: Jun 30. 1918 

7 Charles Robert Evers b: Jul 26, 1916 d: Feb 19, 
2008 

+Lu Dean Lentz b: Sep 28, 1923 d: Feb 11, 1999 

8 Solita Kay Evers b: Aug 26, 1947 
+Richard Mathis 

9 Christie Mathis b: Aug 28, 1968 
9 Chris Mathis b: Dec 07. 1970 

8 Roberta Lentz Evers b: Jul 27. 1952 
hi err. Gunnb: Feb 1943 

9 Jay Gunn b: Mar 22. 1978 

9 Jennifer Gunn b: Jun 04. 1982 
7 Female Stillborn Evers b: Jun 30, 1918 d: Jun 
30, 1918 

*2nd Wife of Seth Evers: 
t-Laura F Wilson b: 1904 
7 John L Evers b: 1928 
7 David Evers b: 1929 

6 James Vivian Evers b: Jan 31,1 899 d: Aug 
1965 

7 Robert C Evers b: 1916 
+Minnie Allen b: Mar 1900 

6 Madge Ev ers b: Jan 20. 1902 
+Louis H. Mathis b: 1896 
*2nd Husband of Madge Evers: 

+Herman Clapper 

*2nd Wife of John Robert Evers: 

+1 vo L. Rhymer b: Oct 27, 1888 d: Nov 03, 1964 
5 Rolla Porter Evers b: Jul 25. 1877d: Jun 05. 1932 
+Elizabeth Eleanor Johnson 

5 Adolphus Linn Evers b: Aug 29. 1880 d: Aug 26. 
1942 

+Cornealia Bertha Morgan b: Jun 14. 1884 

6 Rudell Evers b: Jul 15, 1903 

6 Beulah Maude Evers b: Jan 07, 1906 d: Aug 08, 
1908 

6 Ethel Evers b: May 16, 1908 
5 Maude Ev ers b: Jun 16. 1883 d: Aug 15, 1965 
+Thomas Poulson b: Nov 16.1875 d: 1940 

5 James Hal Evers b: Jul 17, 1889d: Jan 20, 1938 
+Naomi B. Hammond b: Abt. 1889 

6 Willard Owen Evers b: Jan 06, 1908 d: May 
1967 

4 George Washington Evcrsb: Feb 22. 1848 d: Mar 
21,1921 

+Martha Moss 


*2nd Wife of George Washington Evers: 

+Martha Helen Copland b: Feb 17, 1856 
5 Ethel Evers b: Jan 08. 1880 d: Oct 20, 1930 
+William Joshua Wright b: 1860 d: Jul 25, 1925 

5 Charles Robert Ev ers b: Jan 09, 1877 d: Jan 09, 
1950 

+Lillie Maud Williams b: Mar 01, 1881 d: Feb 11, 

1958 

6 Nellie May Evers b: Jan 26, 1896 d: Oct 25, 1954 
+Chris Milton Wiseb: Jan 06, 1890 d: Jul 31, 1930 

7 Edward Wayne Wise b: Feb 03. 1915 d: Dec 13. 
1942 

7 Charles Milton Wise b: Jan 22, 1922 d: Jan 22, 
1922 

*2nd Husband of Nellie May Evers: 

+.iohn Seitz 

6 George Washington Eversb: Feb 22, 1898 d: Apr 
11. 1901 

6 Samuel Ward Evers b: Apr 07. 1900 d: Dec 12, 
1969 

+Mary A. Donavon b: Sep 06, 1905 d: Jul 22, 1996 

7 Donovan Charles Evers b: 1926 
+Elaine Dassing 

8 Donna Evers 
+Dan Bowlin 

8 Gail Evers 
+David Oakes 

7 Marien Evers b: Stillborn d: Stillborn 
6 Charles Robert Evers b: Aug 30, 1 902 d: Apr 20, 
1904 

6 Fannie Helen Evers b: Jan 01, 1906 d: Jul 07. 
1907 

6 Harry Owen Evers. Sr b: Aug 3 !, 1910 d:Sep23, 
1979 

+Ruth Evelyn David b: Dec 11.1911 d: May 03, 

1997 

7 Harry Owen Evers, Jr.b: Nov 03, 1933 

+Faye Diamond b: Mar 1 1. 1932 d: May 01. 2002 

8 Kelly Ann Evers b: Sep 12. 1955 
+Vietor Lee Strozier, Jr.b: Apr 25. 1954 
*2nd Husband of Kelly Ann Evers: 

+Nickolas Theodore Gruber b: May 28. 1953 

9 Jarrod Theodore Gruber b: Feb 19, 1977 
+Shelsea Whitmire 

9 Lauren Elaine Gruber b: Apr 23, 1983 

8 Kim Elaine Evers b: Sep 08, 1957 

+ Jeffrey Lynn Henry b: Oct 31, 1956 d: 1995 

9 Jacob Sean Henry b: Nov 20. 1979 
*2nd Husband of Kim Elaine Evers: 

+John David Seales b: Jun 06, 1960 

8 Harr) Owen Evers III b: Oct 05, I960 
+Cynthia Juanita West b: Apr 21, 1962 


338 


9 lay lor Alexandra Evers b: Nov 20. 1990 
9 C'aitlin Victoria Rvers b: Mar 06. 1992 
*2nd Wife of Harry Owen Evers III: 

+Amber Richardson b: Dec 07. 1971 

7 Charles David Evers b: Sep 17. 1938 
+Betty Jo Pennington b: Jun 03. 1938 

8 Charles David Evers II b: Dec II. 1960 
+Kim Stampler b: 1961 

*2nd Wife of Charles David livers II: 

+Catherine Lynn Etz b: Jul 01. 1961 

9 Kelsey Ann Evers b: Jan 17. 1990 

9 Michelle Lynn Evers b: Oct 08. 1992 

8 Daniel Nathan Evers 
+Rebecca Ann Woods b: 1962 
*2nd Wife of Daniel Nathan Evers: 

+Lori Smith b: Nov 09. 1970 

9 Daniel Jeffery Evers b: Aug 12. 1996 
9 Joshua Nathan Evers b: Jun 26. 1998 
9 Brittney Aspen Evers b: Eeb 19. 2001 
7 Martha Ellen Evers b: Aug 20. 1942 

+Kenneth House b: Jul 27. 1939 

7 George Edward Evers b: Nov 02. 1944 
+Mary Angeline Hannan b: Jun 07. 1955 

8 Jessica Nicole Evers b: Sep 30, 1980 

9 Joshua Lee Evers b: Jan 06, 2001 

9 Lillian Faith Evers b: Nov 02. 2003 
8 Jeremy Kyle Evers b: Jun 14. 1982 
5 Fannie Helen Evers b: Jan 01, 1906 d: Jul 07, 
1907 

5 Clara May Evers b: Nov 23. 1874 d: 1954 
+C’harles Marshall b: Sep 1863 d: Sep 25. 1945 

6 William Forman Marshall b: May 20. 1899 d: Mar 
1978 

*3rd Wife of George Washington livers: 

^Caroline Dugger b: 1848 

*4th W ife of George Washington Evers: 

+1 tester I. Thompson b: 1865 d: 1945 

5 Jesse W. Evers b: Apr 03. 1889 d: May 22. 1945 
-K iertrude Agnes Priestly b: Dec 13. 1885 d: Oct 

23, 1966 

6 Mildred Marie Evers b:Aug21, 1915 d: May 14. 
1993 

+Gilbcrt Fahrenkamp b: 1912 
*2nd I lusband of Mildred Marie Evers: 

+Kenneth B Deckcrb: Jul 30. 1910d: Sep 22. 2000 

6 Virginia Dale Evers b: May 29, 1917 
+Joseph N Simmons b: 1918 

7 Louis Simmons 

7 George Simmons 
6 George W Evers b: 1922 

6 Edward Warren Evers b: Jul 12. 1926 d: Jul 12. 
1926 


5 Monte R. Evers b: Jan It). 1903 
^Robert S Powell b: 1898 

6 William R Powell b: 1922 
6 Clara S Powell b: 1924 

6 l.encve D Powell b: 1926 

4 Martha M Evers b: Apr 15. 1850 d: Oct 30, 1870 
4 Joseph Nathan Evers b: Dec 11,1851 d: Sep 21. 
1857 

4 William Benjamin Evers b: Apr 15. 1853 d: 1914 
+ Virginia Alice Lancaster 

5 James Benjamin Evers b: Aug 08. 1873 d: Sep 
27. 1957 

+Mary Louise Mcllein b: Nov 18. 1880 d: Sep 24. 

1961 

6 Sidney Raymond Evers b: Jan 18. 1898 d: Oct 
19, 1989 

+Mvrtle M Evers b: 1904 

6 Carl Robert Evers b: Aug 18. 1901 d: 1991 
+Bertie Abbott b: Aug 24. 1903 d: 1969 

7 James Eugene Evers b: Aug 25. 1937 

6 Catherine Elizabeth Eversb: Jul 02. 1908 
5 Cynthia B. Evers b: 1876 
+Flarvey A. Morse b: Abt. 1866 

5 Elijah Nathan Evers b: Sep 19. 1880 d: May 09. 
1938 

+Maggie Finehen 

6 Flossie Gertrude Evers b: Sep 19. 1906 
*2nd Wife of William Benjamin Evers: 

+ Tennessee Daniels b: Abt. 1859 
*3rd W ife of William Benjamin Evers: 

+Amanda E. Jaynes b: Apr 1865 d: Apr 22. 1945 
5 William Clarence Evers b: Vug 25. 1886 

5 Harry Chester Evers b: Aug 03, 1888 d: Jan 1967 

+Sergie Etta Hammond b: Feb 23. 1891 d: Oct 17. 

1929 

6 Jewel Sidrid Evers b: Mar 21. 1908 
+Robert L. Bellanrey b: Abt. 1908 

6 Mary Elizabeth Evers b: Dee 24. 1909 
6 Joseph Ross Eversb: Apr 02. 1915 d: Oct 10. 2008 
5 Dessie Mabel Evers b: Feb 12. 1890 

5 Georgia Anne Evers b: Dec 20. 1891 

5 Lewis Franklin Evers b: Aug 12. 1896 

+Ada Evers b: 1900 

6 Beverly I vers b: 1925 

6 Lewis Ev ers. Jr. b: Apr 04. 1927 
6 William Evers b: 1929 

5 Ray Marshall Fvers b: Jan 01. 1900 

+AI lie Pearl Evans h: Aug 27. 1900 d: Jan 16, 1991 

6 Jack Dee livers b: Dec 22. 1923 d: Jun 1986 
+Fmelyn Reva Whiteside b: Dec 29. 1921 d: Jun 

26. 2007 

7 Jackie Lee Evers 


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+Billy Greenwood 
8 Sherry Lyn Greenwood 
8 William Lee Greenwood 

7 Judith Ann Evers 

+Jerry Douglas Huckleberry 

8 Jerri Ann Huckleberry 

8 Jason Douglas 1 luckleberry 
8 Jeniece Lyn Huckleberry 

7 Jimmie Dee Evers b: Jan 07, 1955 d: Dec 1 1, 
1993 

+KaSandra Sue Harp 

8 Justin Joshua Evers 

7 Jancie Pearl Evers 
+Larrv Jay Dalton 

8 Larry Jay Dalton 

8 Charles Robert Dalton 
6 Jim Evers 

5 Edith Gaynell Evers b: Aug 03, 1902 d: Sep 23. 
1999 

5 lola Chlore Evers b: Jan 24, 1908 
4 Nancy J. Evers b: Oct 06, 1854 
4 Cintha E. Evers b: Dec 08. 1856 
4 Elizabeth M. Evers b: May 1865 
*2nd Wife of Joseph Nathan Evers: 

+Susan Roberts b: Abt. 1835 


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Descendants of Phillip E a vers 


Generation No. I 


1. PHILLIP 1 EAVERS 


Child of PHILLIP EAVERS is: 

2. i. WILLIAM 2 EVERS, b. Abt. 1 770, East Pennsborough Tvvp. Cumberland County, 

Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1830. 

Generation No. 2 


2 . WILLIAM 2 EVERS ( PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was bom Abt. 1770 in East 
Pennsborough Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died Aft. 1 830. He 
married CAROLINE JANE ALEXANDER 1789 in Pennsylvania. 

I have found a William Evers listed in Connoquenessing Township, Butler 
County, Pennsylvania in the 1 803 Tax List. Need to verify further if this is our 
Wm. Evers as this one has 400 acres of land. 

Approx, date of birth for William was information submitted by Delphia Clark 
Platzek to Illinois State Genealogical Society Ancestry Chart on May 8, 1986. 


Children of WILLIAM EVERS and CAROLINE ALEXANDER are: 

i. WILLIAM’ EVERS, b. Abt. 1 790, Pennsylvania. 

Information received that this William Evers served in the War of 1 8 1 2. I le vvas a 
Mississippi Riverboat Pilot and settled in New Orleans. This hasn't been \erified. 
but list for the purpose of the book. 

ii. JANE EVERS, b. Abt. 1795, Pennsylvania; m. PETER ROBERTS; b. Abt. 1800. 
Information received that this Jane Evers married Mississippi River Steamboat 
Captain Roberts and lived in Evansville. Indiana. This hasn't been verified, but list 
for the purpose of the book. 

3. iii. JAMES ROBERT EVERS, b. 1 803, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1 880. 

4. iv. JOHN ALEXANDER EVERS, b. May 14, 1806, Pennsylvania: d. Oct 04. 1868. 

Massac County, Illinois. 

5. v. MATILDA EVERS, b. Abt. 1816. 

6. vi. JOSEPH NATHAN EVERS, b. Mar 18, 1819, Kentucky; d. Aft. Jul 28. 1870. 


Generation No. 3 


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3. James Robert 3 Evers (William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was bom 1803 in 
Pennsylvania, and died Aft. 1880. He married (1) LANCEY (NANCY) LEHNAN. 
She was bom in Kentucky. He married (2) AMANDA // Aft. 1850. 

More About JAMES ROBERT EVERS: 

Census 1: 1830, McCracken County, Kentucky 
Census 2: 1840, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 3: 1850, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 4: 1860, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 
Census 5: 1870, Pulaski County, Illinois 
Tax List 1: 1841, Graves County, Kentucky' 

Tax List 2: 1840, 220 acres on Mayfield Creek, Graves County, Kentucky 

Children of JAMES EVTRS and LANCEY LEHNAN are: 

7. i. JANE 4 EVERS, b. Abt. 1 835, Missouri; d. Aft. 1 880. 

8. ii. WILLIAM W. EVERS, b. Abt. 1843, Kentucky; d. Apr 18, 1880, Pulaski County, 

Illinois. 

9. iii. VOLNEY CICERO EVERS, b. Aug 24, 1 849, Paducah, McCracken County, 

Kentucky; d. Jan 09, 1919, Seattle General Hospital, King County, Seattle, 
Washington. 

4 . John Alexander 3 Evers (William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom May 14, 

1806 in Pennsylvania, and died Oct 04, 1868 in Massac County, 
Illinois. He married (1) CYNTHIA BROOKSHIRE Nov 01, 1827 3 , 
daughter of HENRY BROOKSHIRE and DELPHIA COFFEY. She 
was bom Aug 14, 1811 in North Carolina, and died Sep 30, 1865 
in Massac County, Illinois. He married (2) MARY ISABELLA 
ALEXANDER Jan 08, 1866 in Pulaski County, Illinois 3 . 

Notes for JOHN ALEXANDER EVERS: 

Reference: Place of birth listed in the LDS church as Albany, Delaware County, 
Indiana although John and James, his brother, stated on Federal Census that they 
were bom in Pennsylvania. Delphia Platzek listed John’s POB as New Albany, 
Indiana which is across the river from Louisville, Kentucky 

Letter written by John Alexander Evers addressed to his wife’s half-sister and her 
husband in December 1857. A copy was given to me by William Harmon from 
Texas. In the letter is mentioned is Lynn Boyd Boaz, who was the gentleman that 


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was the author of the Massac County Diary that was in the January - March 1976 
Saga Issue of the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois. 

Dear Brother & Sister 

I now take the opportunity of writing to you to inform you that last week's mail 
brought your letter to us dated Nov 5 just one month previous to my writing. 

We waited long & anxiously looked for you to write to us. & you may besure 
we were glad to hear from you & to hear that you were all well & pleased with 
your country dear brother & sister I have much to write to you but I hardly 
know what to write. I will first say we are through the blessing of our heavenly 
father at this time in tolerable good health, tho, our children through the latter 
part, & the summer & fall has had the chills & fevers, considerable, yet we have 
abundant reason to thank God for his many mercies to us that we are all still on 
the Land of the Living while many of our friends since we saw you last has been 
called to Eternity. Your sister, Cynthia, & my self has enjoyed our health quite 
well since we moved here, she went over to Ky in July, her & James Albert & 
staid some time with the children over there she also went to see your father & 
mother. The old man seemed quite glad to see her they were well. Calvin Ray & 
Margaret was over to see us some time the latter part of Oct. Calvin left Margaret 
with us until he went to Louisville & back again. He went after Dry goods, he 
is Merchandising in Marshall ever since last spring. He is doing well. Wm & 
Nancy left here last Monday they staid with us more than a week they have a 
sweet little daughter. They call her Mary Francis she can begin to get up by a 
chair she is very pretty you may besure I think, with a dimple in her cheek when 
she laughs. They told us all the rest of from J.C. Green, he stated they were all 
well & that Roland & Louisa had a son bom to them about the 9th of last month 
& that they were very proud of their boy, well l will now intonn you that Caroline 
& Joshua Copland has a son born to them some time in Oct. quite a promising 
babe the call him David Alexander, the last name is after me. (tho you had forgot 
it) Zarelda is still ours lively & cheerful as a lark, James Boaz & Martha was 
well tho the children had been having chills Martha has had an other son since 
you moved they call him Lynn Boyd, so you see we have only 1 3 living & 2 dead 
grandchildren and Cynthia is only 47 last August Brother James &. family are 
tolerable well at this time the health of the country' is getting better you l Incle 
Milton has sold out & moved down to La. F.V. Dupree has sold out & was on the 


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eve of moving when William & Nancy was over they are going to Jefferson Co, 
Arkansas near where Delphia & Seabum lives. I suppose Peter Hunter has bought 
land there & moved to it Peter & Cis has a son. John Brookshire has also bought 
land there Now Dear William & Sister Sally I know you often feel lonesome & 
wish to see your old friends & those you love & esteem I know it is so with us, 
but our lots is cast far distant from each other & tho we may never meet, those of 
our loved ones on earth again that we parted with a few short months ago. Let us 
so live that we may meet around our fathers throne in heaven 
Dear Sis, recollect there is ??? for all those that love & serve God & tho away 
from the land of your Nativity yet the care & the eye of the blessed Lord is upon 
you. It matters not where this frail body of ours shall rest whether in Texas, Ky 
or Illinois the Lord is everywhere present, with his people. & the way to Heaven 
is plain, it was purchased through the blood of the blessed Lord, that we by grace 
through in his name might be saved, I would say to you sister if you have not 
joined the church you ought for God instituted the church for his people then 
it was for there spiritual well fare that the church was instituted. Now Brother 
Wm, let me say it may be for the last time in this life. I would with all a brothers 
love invite you to the Savior. By repentance to word God & faith in the Lord 
Jesus Christ you may find rest. O delay not. Heaven & Immortal glory is worth 
seeking after he says now is the day of Salvation if you hear his voice harden 
not your heart you can not be happy here nor hereafter without the religion of 
Christ or a new heart. Love to God & love to man & the indwelling of his holly 
spirit testifying with your spirit that you are a child of God yea an heir of God 
& a joint heir of Jesus Christ, then it is Joy and peace springs up & we are armed 
& fortified by grace to bear up under ills & trials of life continually expecting a 
better inheritance beyond this vail of tears where the wicked cease from troubling 
and the weary are forever at rest. 

I may weary you with my long letters but it may be my last. I will retell a 
circumstance that took place less than two weeks ago a young man living 1 14 or 
two miles off from us was taken violently sick some days previous to his sending 
for me and brother James. One night about 9 or 10 oclock I was called up out of 
bed to go and see him, Brother James & myself went hardly expecting to see him 
alive, but he was alive & told us he was going to die & that he wanted a little help 
to get out of this world right. He wanted us to pray for him, we recommended 
him to the Savior, brother then addressed a throne of Grace in the dieing mans 


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behalf after which your unworthy brother besought God in mercy to hear prayer & 
give evidence of acceptance & dieing grace he express col a willingess to die & 
perfectly resigned I send my love to the children God bless them, we want to see 
you all but never expect to in this life write often as you can I will say to Little 
Newton Never forget what your uncle John A Evers told you. Think of it often 
Heaven is a sweet place of rest, the Christians home the place where Jesus is, that 
Jesus said suffer little children to come unto me & forbid them not: for of such is 
the kingdom of heaven. I have made some blunders in spelling this leaves us well 
this Tuesday morning Dec 7th write .... for you moved from S.M. Leeman & 
how far from red river. 

We remain your Brother & Sister Affectionately William and Sarah McClure 
John A. Evers Cynthia Evers 
P.S. the young man died next morning 

More About JOHN ALEXANDER EVERS: 

Date bom 2: May 14, 1806, Albany, Delaware County, Indiana 

Burial: 1868, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

Census 1: 1830, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 2: 1840, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 3: 1850, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 4: 1 860, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 

Deed: Oct 23, 1853, Graves County, Kentucky^ 

Property: Mar 03, 1857, Massac County, Illinois T14S30R3 SW Remarks 
K/234 5 

Tax List 1: 1840, 480 acres in Graves County, Kentucky 
Tax List 2: 1841, 480 Acres Graves County, Kentucky* 

More About Cynthia Brookshire: 

Burial: 1865, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

Marriage Notes for JOHN EVERS and CYNTHIA BROOKSHIRE: 

John & Cynthia were married by Capt. Williamson, who had a landing near 
the Massac/Pulaski County line on the Ohio River when they eloped; however, 
no records have been found. In 1827, those counties were still part ot Johnson 
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Children of JOHN EVERS and CYNTHIA BROOKSHIRE are: 

MARY JANE 4 EVERS, b. Sep 24, 1828, Boaz, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Apr 
11, 1915, Graves County, Kentucky. 

MARTHA EVERS, b. Jan 22, 1831, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Feb 01, 1899, 
Graves County, Kentucky. 

DELPHIA CAROLINE EVERS, b. Jun 25, 1 833, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Nov 
17, 1916, Massac County, Illinois. 

WILLIAM HENRY WARREN EVERS, b. Jul 04, 1835, Graves County, Kentucky; 
d. Dec 02, 1864, Graves County, Kentucky. 

MARGARET ELIZABETH EVERS, b. Dec 08, 1837, Graves County, Kentucky; d. 
Feb 19, 1876, Illinois. 

LOUISA HELLEN EVERS, b. Nov 19, 1839, Graves County. Kentucky; d. Aft. 
1895, Graves County, Kentucky. 

ZARELDA ISABEL I A EVERS, b. Jan 07, 1842, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Jul 
07, 1907, Illinois/Kentucky. 

JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE EVERS, b. Dec 07, 1 843, Graves County, 
Kentucky; d. Aug 26, 1910, Illinois. 

NANCY MINERVA EVERS, b. Jun 21, 1846, Kentucky; d. Oct 22, 1888, Illinois. 
JOHN WESLEY H. EVERS, b. Dec 03. 1848, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Oct 06, 
1920, Metropolis, Massac County. Illinois. 

HARRIET CATHERINE EVERS, b. Mar 20. 1852, Woodville, Kentucky. 


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5. Matilda 3 Evers (William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was bom Abt. 1816. She 
married OTHO D. GRIMES Apr 30, 1836 in McCracken County, Kentucky. He 
was bom 1815, and died 1879. 

Notes for MATILDA EVERS: 

This connection with William & Caroline Evers of our line hasn’t been confirmed; 
however, was listed for the purpose of the book. 

More About O i l it) D. GRIMES: 

Died 2: 1877, McCracken County, Kentucky 

Children of MATILDA EVERS and OTHO GRIMES are: 

i. WILLIAM FRANK 4 GRIMES, b. Abt. 1837, Kentucky. 

21. ii. CAROLINE GRIMES, b. 1 840, Kentucky. 


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6. Joseph Nathan 3 Evers (William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers)'* 9 was bom Mar 18, 
1819 in Kentucky, and died Aft. Jul 28, 1870. He married ( 1) ELIZABETH RAMEY 
Apr 24, 1841 in Johnson County, Illinois 7 ". She was born Nov 16, 1 8 1 8 in South 
Carolina, North Carolina & Georgia listed on censuses, and died Aft. Jul 28, 1870. 
He married (2) SUSAN ROBERTS Mar 14, 1880 in Massac County, Illinois' 7 . She 
was bom Abt. 1835. 

Notes for JOSEPH NATHAN EVERS: 

The births of the 7 children of Joseph Nathan & Elizabeth were from the family 
bible of Joseph N. Evers. The bible had been in possession of William F. 

Marshall of Greenville, Illinois at the time of the original notes. 

Date bom 2: 1817, Kentucky '- 
Date born 3: 1818, Kentucky 13 
Census 1: 1850, Massac, Illinois'^ 

Census 2: 1860, Township 14 S Range 3 E, Massac County, Illinois' 44 

Census 3: Jul 1865, Massac County, Illinois 

Census 4: 1870, Township 14 Range 3, Massac County, Illinois" 5 

More About ELIZABETH RAMEY: 

Census 1: 1850, Massac County, Illinois' 

Census 2: 1860, Massac County, Illinois'' 9 
Census 3: 1870, Massac County, Illinois' 9 

Children of JOSEPH EVERS and ELIZABETH RAMEY are: 

22. i. JAMES ROBERT 4 EVERS, b. Aug 05, 1846, Illinois; d. Jan 20. 1938. Pulaski 

County, Illinois. 

23. ii. GEORGE WASHINGTON EVERS, b. Feb 22, 1848, Massac County, Illinois; d. 

Mar 21, 1921, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois, 
iii. MARTHA M EVERS, b. Apr 15, 1850, Massac County, Illinois; d. Oct 30. 1870. 
Massac County, Illinois- 1 ' 4 . 

Copied as found in the book, including errors. 

DIED: On the 30th of October 1870 of Typhoid Fever. Martha Jane Evens, daughter 
of Nathan and Elizabeth Evens, in the 23rd ot her age. No one can imagine the 
agony of the parents, who with watchful care tended their bud until it blossomed, 
and then must see it fade away. They have our sincerest sympathy. 

Cause of Death: Ty phoid Fever 


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Census: 1850, Massac County, Illinois-' 

iv. JOSEPH NATHAN EVERS, b. Dec 1 1, 1851, Massac County, Illinois; d. Sep 2 1 , 
1857, Massac County, Illinois. 

Burial: Dec 1851, Copland Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois- 2 

v. WILLIAM BENJAMIN EVERS, b. Apr 15, 1 853, Massac County, Illinois; d. 1914, 
Johnson County, Illinois. 

vi. NANCY J. EVERS, b. Oct 06, 1854. Massac County, Illinois. 

vii. CINTHA E. EVERS, b. Dec 08, 1856, Massac County, Illinois. 

Census 1: 1860, Massac County, Illinois 22 

Census 2: 1870, Massac County, Illinois 27 

viii. ELIZABETH M. EVERS, b. May 1865, Massac County, Illinois. 


Generation No. 4 


7. Jane 4 Evers (James Robert 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 25 was born Abt. 
1835 in Missouri- 6 , and died Aft. 1880. She married (1) JACOB PETTIT. He was 
born in Ohio. She married (2) GEORGE THRASHER Nov 25, 1862 in Pulaski 
County, Illinois 27 . He was bom 1 826 in Perry County, Indiana, and died 1882 in 
Pulaski County, Illinois. 

Notes for JANE EVERS: 

Land sale to Jane (Evers) Petitt Thrasher by James R. & Nancy Evers. 

Deed BookO December 19, 1873 

James R. & Nancy Evers Grantor to Jane Threasher (Grantee) for $54.00 Pulaski 

County S 1/2 ofNW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 25 Township 14 South of Range 2 

East of 3rd Principal Meridian Containing 25 acres. Done to correct deed to Jane 

Petitt now Jane Threasher that was done December 1, 1857 Book I(?), Page 19(?) 

June 29, 1869 Filed June 6, 1874 

Date bom 2: 1835, Kentucky 25 

Census 1 : 1 850, Graves County, Kentucky 29 

Census 2: 1860, Jane Petit Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 20 

Census 3: 1870, Jane Thrasher Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 2 ' 

Census 4: 1880, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 22 
More About JACOB PETTIT: 

Census: 1860, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 
Children of JANE EVERS and JACOB PETTIT are: 


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i. MARY 5 PETTIT, b. Abt. 1 852, Illinois. 

Census: 1860, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 

25. ii. NANCY CAROLINE PETTIT, b. Abt. 1857, Illinois. 

Children of JANE EVERS and GEORGE THRASHER are: 

iii. JAMES E. 5 THRASHER, b. Abt. 1 862; m. ( 1 ) CARINTHA ELIZABETH 
PARKER, Aug 02, 1883, Pulaski County, Illinois- '; m. (2) JENNIE BELL SHORT. 
Oct 09. 1891. Pulaski County, Illinois’ 7 . 

Census: 1870, Grand Chain, Pulaski County. Illinois 

iv. WILLIAM R. THRASHER, b. Abt. 1866; m. LUCY GRIMES, Nov 01. 1888. 
Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois 55 ; b. Abt. 1867. 

26. v. CICERO AUGUSTUS THRASHER, b. Oct 1871; d. 1958. Dunklin County. 

Missouri. 

27. vi. OLIVER PERRY THRASHER, b. Jun 10, 1873. 
vii. SUSAN THRASHER, b. Abt. 1876. 

8. William W. 4 Evers (James Robert 3 , William \ Phillip 1 Eavers) was born 
Abt. 1843 in Kentucky, and died Apr 18, 1880 in Pulaski County, Illinois. He 
married REBECCA A. RITCHEY Apr 20, 1865 in Massac County, Illinois 565 ". She 
was bom Abt. 1 846 in Indiana. 

Notes for WILLIAM W. EVERS: 

Deed Book U 

Grantor William W. Evers of Massac County, Illinois September 18, 1878 to 
Grantee Rebecca E. Evers of Massac County, Illinois for $840.00 
Pulaski County - Nl/2 of NE 1/4 ofNE 1/4 of Section 25, Township 14 South 
Range 2 East & SE l/4ofSE 1/4 Section 24 South of NE containing 60 acres. 
Filed April 19, 1881 

Census 1: 1850, Graves County, Kentucky- 55 
Census 2: 1860, Pulaski County, Illinois 59 

Residence: 1876, Ash Ridge, Massac County, Illinois (State Atlas) 

Notes for REBECCA A. RITCHEY: 

In the 1880 (28 June 1880) Census, R.E. Eves is listed as a widow ot two 
children, J.T. Evers and Minnie Evers. 

More About REBECCA A. RITCHEY: 

Name 2: Rebecca A Richey 4 " 

Census 1: 1880, Pulaski County, Illinois 45 


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Census 2: 1850, Massac, Illinois 1 ' 2 

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM EVERS and REBECCA RITCHEY: 

William filed for divorce in November 1878. He stated that he had been a 
resident of Massac County for over one year. He stated that he was a kind 
and dutiful husband until about the 10th or 1st day of May 1878 when he was 
compelled to leave his house by reason of bad treatment from his wife. William 
stated that Rebecca had been guilty of extreme and repeatedly cruelty towards 
him for the space of past five years. Also, he accused her of eloping from him and 
had taken up with another man. 

Notices were sent out to various people to attend court to testify for William vs. 
Rebecca. No other papers were found regarding the divorce suit. William died in 
Pulaski County without a will and Rebecca filed papers for William’s estate. 

Children of WILLIAM EVERS and REBECCA RITCHEY are: 

i. JAMES THOMAS 5 EVERS A b. Abt. 1868. Kentucky; d. Oct 01, 1916, Cairo, 
Alexander County, Illinois 1 ' 1 '. 

Burial: Oct 02, 1916, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 1 '- 5 
Cause of Death: Cirrhosis of Liver for 1 year" 

Census 1: 1880, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois listed as J.T. Evers" 

Census 2: 1910, Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois 1 '" 

Medical Information: Informant was A.O. Phelps (brother-in-law). 

Occupation: 1916, Engine Fireman" 

28. ii. MINNIE L. EVERS, b. Jul 1 5, 1 874, Pulaski County, Illinois; d. Oct 24, 1946, Los 
Angeles, California. 

9. VOLNEY CICERO 4 EVERS (JAMES ROBERT 3 , WILLIAM 1 , PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was 
bom Aug 24, 1849 in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, and died Jan 09, 
1919 in Seattle General Hospital, King County, Seattle, Washington 49 . He married 
(1) LENORA Annabele Martha HOOPPAW Sep 28, 1873 in Villa Ridge, Pulaski 
County, Illinois 50 , daughter of W. HOOPPAW and E.J. LEWIS. She was bom 
Jun 27, 1855 in Pulaski County, Illinois, and died Feb 22, 1888 in Effingham, 
Effingham County, Illinois. He married (2) CLARA BELLE PAGE 4 ' 4/52 1889 in 
St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of JOSEPH PAGE and MARY HARRISON. She was 
bom Oct 15, 1861 in St. Louis, Missouri 52 , and died Oct 15, 1931 in 5521 31stNE 
Street, Seattle, King County, Washington 55 . 


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Notes for VOLNEY CICERO EVERS: 

Volney was a Methodist Minister in Southern Illinois from 1873 to 1890 and then 
he transferred to the Columbia River District in Washington. I have received an 
email that Volney took a “supernumerary in 1891”. The 1910 Census had listed 
a Robert C. Evers (Clergyman with M.E. church), with Kittie Bell, Volney P and 
Kittie Majel. The DOB, POB and parents’ POB agrees with Volney’s; therefore, I 
accepted it as Volney C. Evers. 

A land patent was issued to Volney C. Evers issued on May 11,1 893 from the 
Spokane, Washington Land Office. Accession/Serial Number is WASPAA009135 
for 80.05 acres. SENW and SWNW Section/Block 30; Township 26-N; Range 
42-E; Meridian Willamette; State Washington; County Spokane. This information 
came from the Bureau of Land Management-Genera! Land Office Records. 

Volney’s Death Certificate listed place of birth as Paducah, McCracken County, 
Kentucky but his father was in Graves County, Kentucky between 1 840 and 1 850. 
Also, noted James Evers as his father was bom in Pennsylvania and his mother as 
Lancey Lehman bom in Kentucky. 

Death Obit - The Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Friday January 10, 1919 page 2 
FORMER SEATTLE MINISTER IS DEAD-MARYSVILLE PASTOR DIES OF 
PNEUMONIA 

Rev. Volney C. Evers Passes Away at Seattle General Hospital 
Rev. Volney C. Evers, pastor of the First Methodist Church at Marysville and 
former pastor of three Seattle churches, died at the Seattle General Hospital at 
1 o’clock Thursday afternoon. He was 69 years of age. Rev. Volney C. Evers 
came to Washington in 1889 and since that time has been pastor of churches at 
Walla Walla, Spokane, Kent and Marysville, and was pastor of Trinity, Woodland 
Park and South Park Methodist churches in Seattle. A month ago he contracted 
pneumonia and was brought to the Seattle General Hospital, where his daughter. 
Miss Majel, who was a nurse at that institution, was assigned to care lor him. He 
is survived by a widow and five children. Two ot the children. Miss Majel and 
Sergeant Volney P. Evers, stationed at Fort McDowell, were at his bedside when 
the end came. The other children are Earnest P. Evers ot Los Angeles, Arthur 
Evers of New York City and Mrs. Virginia McFarland, of St. Louis. 1 le was a 


member of St. John’s Lodge No. 9 F.&A.M., of Seattle. Funeral services will be 
held at the First Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Dr. J.M. 
Canse, district superintendent of the Bellingham district, in which Dr. Evers’ last 
charge was located, will officiate. Interment will be at Lakeview cemetery. 

Evers, In this city, January 9, 1910 Rev. Volney C. Evers, aged 69 years. Funeral 
services will be held at the First Methodist church, Fifth Avenue at Marion 
Street, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Friends are invited to attend. Interment at lake View 
Cemetery. Bonney- Watson Company, Funeral Directors. 

Death Obit - The Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Friday Evening, January 10, 1919, 
Page 9 

REV. MR. EVERS DIES- Funeral of Pioneer Pastor of Puget Sound Conference 
Will Be Held Sunday. 

Funeral services of Rev. Volney C. Evers, the oldest active member of the Puget 
Sound Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and for forty-seven years 
in the ministry, who died at the Seattle General Hospital yesterday afternoon from 
pneumonia, will be held at First Methodist Episcopal Church at 2:30 o’clock 
Sunday afternoon. Dr. J.M. Canse, district superintendent of the Bellingham 
District, in which Mr. Evers last was located, will officiate. Several Methodist 
ministers from different parts of the state will officiate. Mr. Evers last charge 
was at Marysville. He was bom in Metropolis, Illinois and entered the ministry 
at the age of 2 1 . He was with the Southern Illinois Conference for twenty years. 
(CAME TO STATE IN 1889) He came to the state of Washington in 1889, 
locating in Spokane, where he was pastor of one of the Methodist churches for 
four years. He served for four years in a Methodist church for Walla Walla; three 
years at Dallas, Texas; four years at Newton, Kansas; five years at Kansas City, 
Missouri, and six years at St. Louis, Missouri. He came to Seattle in 1905 and 
remained here for five years, being pastor during this period of the Trinity, South 
Park and Woodland Park Methodist Episcopal churches. Later he was in Kent 
two years; Anacortes one year, and had served one year in Marysville when he 
was taken ill with pneumonia and brought to Seattle for treatment. (LEAVES 
WIDOW AND FIVE CHILDREN) He is survived by his widow and five 
children. Two of the children, Miss Mabel and Sergeant Volney P. Evers, who is 
stationed at Fort McDowell, were at the bedside when the end came. The other 


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children are Ernest P. Evers of Los Angeles, Arthur Evers of New York City and 
Miss Virginia McFarland of St. Louis. He was a member of St. John’s Lodge No. 
9, F.& A.M. of Seattle. Interment will be in Lake View Cemetery. 

More About VOLNEY CICERO EVERS: 

Burial: Jan 12, 1919, Lakeview Cemetery, King County, Washington 55 
Cause of Death: Chronic Nephritis & Pneumonia 55 
Census 1: Jun 19, 1880, Shawneetown City, Gallatin County, Illinois 56 
Census 2: 1860, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 5 " 

Census 3: 1870, Township 14 Range 2, Pulaski, Illinois 5 * 

Census 4: 1905, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas 

Census 5: 1910, Seattle, King County, Washington 

Medical Information: Informant on Death Certificate- Mrs. V.C. Evers 

Occupation: 1879, Methodist Minister & Teacher as listed on Virginia's birth 

certificate 

Ordination: 1873, Methodist 

Property: May 11, 1893, Spokane County, Washington 
Religion: Methodist 

Residence: Bet. 1888 - 1889, McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois 

More About LENORA ANNABELE MARTHA HOOPPAW: 

Burial: Feb 1888, Cairo City Cemetery, Pulaski County', Illinois- 11 ' 

Census: 1880, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois'™ 

Notes for CLARA BELLE PAGE: 

Death Notice - Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday October 16, 1931 

EVERS - Kittle Belle Evers at 5521 31st N.E., October 15, aged 70 years, beloved 

mother of Volney P. Evers and Mrs. Majel Dunlop. Funeral services will be 

held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the University Funeral Parlors. Internment Lake View 

Cemetery. 

Burial: Oct 17, 1931, Lakeview Cemetery, King County, Washington 
Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage/Hemiphlegia October 7, 1931' 

Census 1: Jul 30, 1870, St. Ferdinand Township, St. Louis County, Missouri 
Census 2: Jun 1 8, 1 880, Saint Ferdinand, Saint Louis County, Missouri' 

Census 3: 1905, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas 


Census 4: 1910, Seattle, King County, Washington 

Census 5: 1920, Seattle, King County, Washington 

Census 6: 1930, Seattle, King County, Washington 64 

Medical Information: Other causes of death - Arteriosclerosis, Chronic 

Myocarditis Informant- Volney P. Evers (Son) 

Children of VOLNEY EVERS and LENORA ElOOPPAW are: 

29. i. ERNEST PAUL 3 EVERS, b. Sep 12, 1874, Villa Ridge, Pulaski County, Illinois; d. 

Jul 22, 1945, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County. California. 

30 . ii. ARTHUR ST. CLAIR EVERS, b. Aug 07, 1877, Illinois; d. Jun 16, 1943, Los 

Angeles, California. 

31. Hi. VIRGINIA CICERO EVERS, b. Aug 06, 1879, Joppa, Massac County, Illinois; d. 

May 23, 1969, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. 

Children of VOLNEY EVERS and CLARA PAGE are: 

iv. VOLNEY PAGE 3 EVERS' 53156 , b. Jun 12, 1890, Spokane, Spokane County, 

Washington 67 ; d. Jan 10, 1969, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California 6 "; m. EVA 
BELLE HARRISON, Jun 26, 1918, Seattle, King County, Washington 6 *; b. May 29, 
1 897, Chicago, Illinois; d. Mar 18, 1981, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California. 

Notes for VOLNEY PAGE EVERS: 

According to the Sebastopol Times, California, Volney P moved from Seattle 18 
months prior to his death. 

Burial: Feb 03, 1969, Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo 
County, California 7 " 

Cause of Death: Heart Attack 

Census 1: 1905, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas 

Census 2: Mar 01, 1905, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas 77 

Military service: 10/02/1918-02/13/1919 SGT 

Occupation: Salesman, Real Estate, Lawyer 

Social Security Number: Bet. 1951 - 1952, Washington 

More About EVA BELLE HARRISON: 

Burial: Apr 03, 1981, Golden Gate National Cemetery. San Bruno, San Mateo 
County, California 

Marriage notes for VOLNEY PAGE EVERS AND EVA BELLE HARRISON 
Volney P. Evers and Eva B. Harrison were married by Volney’s father, Volney C. 
Evers on June 26, 1918. The witnesses were Walter Harrison and Majel Evers. 

Rev. Volney Evers P.O. Address at the time of Volney P. and Eva's marriage was 
Anacortes, Washington. 


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v. KITTIE MAJEL EVERS, b. Dec 14. 1893. Walla Walla. Spokane County. 

Washington; d. Jun 1 1, 1967. Long Beach. Los Angeles, California, 
vi. WALLACE JOYCE EVERS, b. Jul 1903. Dallas. Dallas County.Texas d. 1907. 
Washington. 

In the Puget Methodist Conference Notes, it was noted that Wallace's funeral was 
immediate after death as there was concern that his cause of death was cholera. 
Burial: 1907, Lakeview Cemetery. King County, Washington 
Census: 1905, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas 


10 . Mary Jane 4 Evers (John Alexander*, William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 73 was 
bom Sep 24, 1828 in Boaz, Graves County, Kentucky 74 , and died Apr 11, 1915 in 
Graves County, Kentucky 4 . She married JESSE C. GREEN 4 Oct 29, 1846'C son 
of ANTHONY GREEN and ELIZABETH O’CONNOR. He was bom Aug 09, 1 8 1 7 in 
Indiana”, and died Nov 08, 1878 in Graves County, Kentucky. 

More About MARY JANE EVERS; 

Burial: Apr 12, 1915, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, aka Greenville Cemetery, Graves 
County, Kentucky 75 

Cause of Death; Bronchial Pneumonia for 2 days' 5 
Census 1: Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Jun 20, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 

Notes for JESSE C. GREEN: 

In the 1870 Census, Jesse had real estate value of $1500. and personal estate of 
$800.00 

Burial: Apr 12, 1915, Pleasant Grove Cemetery', aka Greenville Cemetery, Graves 

County, Kentucky 75 

Cause of Death: Bronchial Pneumonia 

Census: Jul 22, 1860, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 

Occupation: Jul 22, 1860, Farmer 

Children of MARY EVERS and JESSE GREEN are: 

i. MARTHA M2 GREEN, b. Aug 04, 1847. Graves County. Kentucky d. Sep 02. 
1913. Graves County. Kentucky 7 '; m. /ADAMS. 

More About MARTHA M. GREEN: 

Burial: Sep 03. 1913. Green’s Chapel Cemetery 


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34. 


Cause of Death: Cancer of the Liver for 1 year. 

Census: Jul 22, I860, Graves County, Kentucky 

ii. JOHN WESLEY GREEN, b. Dec 1848, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Jun 26, 1915, 
Jefferson County, Kentucky. 

iii. CAROLINE E. GREEN, b. Nov 12, 1 850, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Jul 28, 
1930, Mayfield, Graves County. Kentucky. 

iv. CYNTHIA E. GREEN, b. Jan 04, 1 853, Graves County, Kentucky' 9 ; d. May 07, 
i 926, Housemans, Graves County, Kentucky''’'". 

Cynthia never married. In 1900, Cynthia, William and Grant were still single and 
living with their mother. 

More About CYNTHIA E. GREEN: 

Burial: May 08, 1926, Green's Chape! Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Cause of Death: Gradual decline due to malaria® 

Census 1: Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Sep 22, 1 870, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 3: Jun 20, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 
Occupation: Housekeeper - She never married. 

v. WILLIAM R. GREEN, b. Dec 10, 1854, Graves County, Kentucky®; d. Apr 20, 

1 926, Hickman, Graves County. Kentucky". 

Wm. never married and his sister, Cynthia, lived with him. 

Burial: Apr 22, 1926, Green’s Chapel Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Cause of Death: Gradual decline for 1 1 months" 

Census ! : Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 2: Sep 22, 1870. Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 3: Jun 20, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 

Medical Information: Albert Green was the informant on death certificate. 

Occupation: Merchant 

vi. LOUISA J. GREEN, b. Apr 1 7, 1 857, Graves, Kentucky". 

Census: Jul 22, 1 860, Graves County, Kentucky 

vii. JAMES BYNUM GREEN, b. Aug 06, 1 859, Graves County, Kentucky"; d. Sep 
18, 1937, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky"; m. EFFIE COSBY, 1904, 
Kentucky; b. Jul 26, 1877, Graves County, Kentucky"; d. May 20, 1951, Riverside 
Hospital, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky". 


More About JAMES BYNUM GREEN: 

Burial: Sep 19, 1937, Green’s Chapel Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky" 
Cause of Death: Contributory facture was Perforated Peptic Ulcer 
Census 1: Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 
Medical Information: Informant was Effie Green on death certificate 
Occupation: Farmer 


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More About EFFIE COSBY: 

Burial: May 21, 1951, Mt. Kenton Cemetery. McCracken County. Kentucky'"' 

Cause of Death: Uremia tor 10 days with Chronic Nephritis with unknown 
interval/'’ 

Medical Information: Mrs. Murrall Nancy was the informant on the death certificate 
viii. GEORGE W. GREEN*", b. 1862, Kentucky*"; d. Jan 12, 1949, Fuller Gillum 
Hospital, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky"". 

Burial: Jan 14, 1949, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Kentucky"" 

Cause of Death: Hy postatic pneumonia for I day due to Carcinoma Colon with 
Senility"" 

Census 1: I860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Sep 22. 1 870. Graves County, Kentucky"' 

Census 3: 1880, Flousemans, Graves County, Kentuckv"- 
Medical Information: Informant was Hoi 1 ie E. Green 
Occupation: Farmer 

ix. A. GRANT GREEN" i " v "-\ b. 1864, Kentucky""; d. Mar 17, 1957. Graves County, 
Kentucky"’"*. 

Census I: Sep 22, 1870. Housemans, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Jun 1880, Housemans, Graves County. Kentucky"" 

Census 3: Jun 20, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 4: Apr 23, 1 930. Mayfield, Graves County. Kentucky 
35. x. EMMA Z GREEN, b. Apr 1 4, 1 866, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Mar 02. 1 947. 
Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. 

11. Martha 4 Evers (John Alexander*, William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 100101101 
was bom Jan 22, 1831 in Graves County, Kentucky 705 , and died Feb 01, 1809 in 
Graves County, Kentucky. She married JAMES NELSON BOAZ Nov 08, 1849 7 " 7 . 
son of DAVID BOAZ and Lucinda Whitis. He was born Jan 07, 1 822 in 
Tennessee 705 , and died Mar 12, 1875 in Graves County, Kentucky. 

Notes for MARTHA EVERS; 

Burial: Feb 1899, Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 1: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Aug 18, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 7 " 6 
Census 3: 1880, Housemans, Graves County, Kentucky 7 " 

Notes for JAMES NELSON BOAZ: 

James Nelson & his wife taught in the Graves County Schools for a time, and then 
he built Gum School on his own place for his and the neighbors’ children. 1 le 


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was a farmer & nurseryman, and his death was caused by blood poisoning that 
developed following a scratch from a briary while working with his nursery stock. 
He was not a slave owner and his sympathies during the Civil War lay with the 
North. He had a library that was large for its time, and many of the books are in 
the possession of one of his grandsons. Dr. Thenton D. Boaz, of Pinehurst, North 
Carolina. 

Burial: Mar 1875, Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky W8J09 

Cause of Death: Septicemia 

Census 1: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 770 

Census 2: 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 777 

Children of MARTHA EVERS and JAMES BOAZ are: 

i. ALICE ROSALIE 5 BOAZ, b. May 06, 1853, Graves County, Kentucky; d. May 
25, 1899; m. SAMPSON JOHNSON MATHEWS, Dec 12, 1878, Graves County, 
Kentucky 7 ' 2 ; b. Mar 23, 1835; d. Jan 21, 1905, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. 


Notes for ALICE ROSALIE BOAZ: 

Reference: 1853 Graves County, Kentucky Vital Statistics Watercourse listed was 
Clark’s River 

Burial: May 1899, Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 772 
Census 1: Aug 18, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 


More About SAMPSON JOHNSON MATHEWS: 

Occupation: Physician in Kentucky 

36. ii. GEORGE WASHINGTON BOAZ, b. Sep 13, 1854, Kentucky; d. Apr 21, 1877. 

37. iii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BOAZ, b. Apr 13, 1 856, Kentucky; d. Oct 3 1, 1948, 

Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. 

38. iv. LINN BOYD BOAZ, b. Feb 07, 1858, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky ; d. 

1902. 

v. MARK WILTON BOAZ 772 , b. Apr 1 1, 1859, Kentucky; d. Apr 06, 1884. 

Burial: Apr 1884, Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 772 

Census 1: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 2: Aug 18, I860, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 3: Jun 15, 1880, Housemans District, Graves County, Kentucky 

39. vi. THOMAS DICK BOAZ, b. May 25, 1861, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Nov 08, 

1919, Mayfield, Graves County. Kentucky. 

vii. LORENZO DOW BOAZ 776 , b. Jul 14, 1863, Kentucky; m. ELIZABETH WATTS, 
Abt. 1905; b. Abt. 1869, Kentucky. 


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More About LORENZO DOW BOAZ: 

Census I: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 2: Jun 15, 1880, Housemans District, Graves County. Kentucky 
Census 3: 1 900, Obion County, Tennessee"’ 

Census 4: Apr 22, 1910, District # I , Obion County. Tennessee"’' 

Census 5: Jan 08, I 920, District # I , Obion County, Tennessee"' 

Occupation I: 1920, Medical Doctor"" 

Occupation 2: 1910, Physician"’" 

More About ELIZABETH WATTS: 

Census I: 1910. Obion County, Tennessee 
Census 2: 1920. Obion County, Tennessee 

viii. ABRAHAM SHERMAN GRANT BOAZ, b. 1865. Kentucky; d. 1866. Kentucky. 
40. ix. JOHN DAVID EVERS BOAZ, b. Jan 26, 1867, Kentucky; d. Dec 23, 1943, Salem. 
Marion County, Illinois. 

x. WILLIAM PENN BOAZ"", b. Dec 1 1, 1868, Kentucky; d. Jul 31, 1887. 

Burial: Aug 1887, Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky"’-' 

Census 1 : 1870, Graves County. Kentucky 

Census 2: Jun 15, 1880, Housemans District, Graves County, Kentucky 


12 . Delphia Caroline 4 Evers (John Alexander', william 2 . Phillip 1 
EaverS) 123 was born Jun 25, 1833 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died Nov 1 7, 
1916 in Massac County, Illinois. She married ( 1 ) JOSHUA SHORT COPLAND Jun 
26, 1856 in Graves County, Kentucky son of JOHN COPLAND and MARY 
SHORT. He was born Nov 27, 1812 in Sumner County, Tennessee, and died Aug 
30, 1895 in near Yates Landing, Massac County, Illinois. She married (2) J.M. 
CRIDER Oct 24, 1907. 

Notes for DELPHIA CAROLINE EVERS: 

Death Obit in “The Metropolis Herald” Thursday, November 30, 1916 
Delphia Caroline Crider was born in Graves Co., Ky. June 25, 1833 died Nov. 1 7, 
1916, making her age at death 83 years, 4 months and 22 days. She was married 
to J.S. Copeland June 26, 1 856 to this union were bom nine children two having 
died in infancy, seven survive her, who are, Mrs. Lizzie Starks, Mrs. Ella Douglas. 
Mrs. Mattie Cockerel, Mrs. Maggie L. Clark of Selma, Cal., C.M. Copeland, Mrs. 
Allie Barnett, Mrs. Sallie S. Hawkins, all were at her bedside except Maggie. 

She leaves besides her children, one brother, John W. Evers, and one sister, Mrs. 
Hattie Willis, of Eureka Springs, Ark., Mr. Copland preceded her in death having 


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passed away in 1895, on Oct. 24, 1907 she was married to J.M Crider. 

Grandma united with the Methodist church when but thirteen years of age and 
lived a devoted, useful Christian life, a Christian for seventy years. Many times 
have we heard her say in class meeting, I am not tired of living a Christian and 
the way grows brighter every day. Even on the day she was stricken she said I 
feel like praising the Lord. The funeral was conducted at Salem M.E. Church 
on Sunday morning Nov. 19, 1916 by Rev. Robert Smith, assisted by Rev. Jesse 
Finley, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest. The family burial lot on 
the Copland Homestead, a good kind mother has gone to her reward. 

Oh! What is death that we should grieve or sigh? Do we know it is willed that all 
must die? Then when this body is tom and rack with pain it is sweet to die that 
we may live again. 

Burial: Nov 19, 1916, Copland Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 7 - 5 
Notes for JOSHUA SHORT COPLAND: 

Reference: The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin 
Counties Illinois. Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and 
Representative Citizens 1893 Chicago Biographical Publishing Company. 

Clippings from an old scrapbook belonging to Mrs. Delphia Clark Platzek, 
granddaughter of J.S. Copland. 

Joshua S. Copland was the son of John and Mary (Sarah) Copland. He was bom 
November 27, 1812, in Sumner County, Tennessee and died on his farm near 
Yates Landing, Massac County, Illinois. He came with his father to Southern 
Illinois at an early day. He was first married to Miss Elizabeth Axley, and to 
them were bom nine children. His wife died in 1 855. The following year he 
married Miss Caroline Evers, who survives him. Of this union there were bom 
eight children. Mr. Copland was a pioneer Methodist. He was one of the charter 
members of the Lower Salem Church where he held his membership at the time 
of his death, the church being organized over forty years ago. He died in peace. 
He leaves a widow and ten children. 

Burial: Copland Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 7 - 5 

Marriage Notes for DELPHIA EVERS and JOSHUA COPLAND: 

At the time of the marriage, Joshua was living in Massac County, Illinois and 


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Caroline was living in Graves County, Kentucky. Joshua was 42 yrs old and 
Caroline was 23 yrs old. 


Children of DELPHIA EVERS and JOSEIUA COPLAND are: 

i. DAVID ALEXANDER 1 COPLAND, b. Dec 20. 1858. Massac County, Illinois' '; d. 
Oct 24. 1862, Massac Count}. Illinois. 

Burial: Copland Cemetery. Massac County, Illinois'-’ 7 

41. ii. LOUISA ELIZABETH COPLAND, b. Nov 20, 1860. Massac County, Illinois; d. 

Jun 30, 1929, Charleston. Coles County. Illinois. 

42. iii. ELLA JOSEPHINE COPLAND, b. Aug 23, 1863, Massac County, Illinois: d. Jan 

20, 1943, Massac County, Illinois. 

iv. MARTHA LENORA COPLAND, b. Feb 03, 1867. Massac County. Illinois; d. 

Apr 11, 1956, Massac County. Illinois; m. JAMES W. MCNANNA. Mar 29. 1891. 
J.S. Copland's residence, Massac County, Illinois'-''; b. Abt. 1861, Massac County, 
Illinois. 


Marriage Notes for MARTHA COPLAND and JAMES MCNANNA: 

This was the first marriage for the couple, James was a machinist at the time of the 
marriage. Mattie was residing in Massac County and James in Pulaski Count}. 
Illinois. Their witnesses were Ella Douglas and Ella Mangum. 

43. v. MARGARET LEOTA COPLAND, b. Feb 03. 1 867. Massac Count}, Illinois; d. 

Nov 23, 1935, Tulare County. California. 

44. vi. CHARLES MCPHERSON COPLAND, b. Sep 18, 1869, Massac Count}, Illinois; d. 

Sep 28, 1951. Riverside Hospital. Paducah. McCracken County. Kentucky. 

45. vii. CYNTHIA ALICE COPLAND, b. Jan 09, 1872, Massac County, Illinois; d. Jul 05, 

I960. Massac County, Illinois. 

viii. SARAH SHORT COPLAND, b. Sep 05. 1 874. Road District # 4. Massac Count}, 
Illinois'-' 1 '; d. Feb 09, 1957. Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois; m. JESSE THOMAS 
HAWKINS, Oct 30, 1892, Massac Count}, Illinois; b. 1868: d. 1924. 


Notes for SARAH SHORT COPLAND: 

Certificate of Birth was completed in 1943 and her brother. Charles VI Copland, 
gave verbal affidavit of her birth. Charles was living in Joppa. Massac County, 
Illinois at this time in 1943. Joshua was listed as a farmer and a merchant. 
Burial: 1957, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 


More About JESSE THOMAS HAWKINS: 

Burial: 1924, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery. Massac County. Illinois 
ix. JAMES FRANKLIN COPLAND, b. Abt. 1874. Massac County, Illinois; m. 

SARAH CATHERINE LOVEN, Jan 05. 1896, Massac County. Illinois"": b. Abt. 
1877. Massac County, Illinois. 


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Marriage Notes for JAMES COPLAND and SARAH LOVEN: 

This was the first marriage for the couple, they were married by J.M. Allfrey, J.P. at 
his office and their witnesses were Mary B. Allfry & May Sexton. J.F. Copland was 
listed as a farmer on the marriage license. 


13. William Henry Warren 4 Evers (John Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 
E A VERS) 131 was bom Jul 04, 1835 in Graves County, Kentucky-' 32 , and died Dec 
02, 1864 in Graves County, Kentucky' 32 . He married NANCY SERENA PRYOR 733 
Oct 25, 1855 in Graves County, Kentucky 734 , daughter of JOHN PRYOR and 
ELIZABETH DAVIS. She was bom Jan 20, 1837 in Graves County, Kentucky, and 
died Oct 25, 1898 in Graves County, Kentucky. 

Notes for WILLIAM HENRY WARREN EVERS: 

As per Laura Schultes that Wm was a supporter of Lincoln, Union man, never 
joined the army; living with the Confederate Pryor family or in. their midst, and 
wife, Confederate. Told that William Evers and Calvin Ray (brother-in-law) 
were .killed by the “Gregory Gang” called Gorillas, robbers during the Civil 
War. Calvin Ray owned a. General Merchandising Store in Marshall County, 
Kentucky. Notice that Calvin Ray died the 1st of December and Wm on the 2nd 
of December. 

More About WILLIAM HENRY WARREN EVERS: 

Burial: Dec 1864, Old Salem Cemetery, Boaz, Graves County, Kentucky 735 - 736 
Census: Aug 18, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 737 
Occupation: Aug 18, 1860, Farmer 
Religion: Methodist 

More About NANCY SERENA PRYOR: 

Burial: Oct 1898, Bolton Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 138 
Census: Aug 18, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 739 

Children of WILLIAM EVERS and NANCY PRYOR are: 

i. MARY FRANCIS 3 EVERS, b. i 856, Graves County, Kentucky; d. ! 858, Graves 
County, Kentucky. 

In John Alexander Evers letter, he wrote about Wnrs and Nancy's daughter. Mary 


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46. 

47. 


Francis. 

Cause of Death: Scarlet Fever 

ii. SAMUEL LEE EVERS, b. Sep 01,1 858. Kentucky ,v "; d. Sep 30. 1 858. Graves 
County, Kentucky 7 ". 

Cause of Death: Croup (Family listed Scarlet Fever) 7 " 

iii. CYNTHIA ELIZABETH EVERS'" 1 , b. Sep 02, I 860. Graves County, Kentucky; d. 
Sep 06, 1 888, Graves County, Kentucky 7 ". 

Died 2: Sep 06, 1888, Marshall County, Kentucky 7 "- lu 

Burial: Sep 1878, Bolton Cemetery (Symsonia), Graves County, Kentucky "' 

Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever 7 " 

iv. JAMES PRYOR EVERS, b. Nov 27, 1 862, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Feb 07. 
1946. Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

v. SUSIE WILLIAM JOHNSON EVERS, b. Nov 22, 1 864, Kentucky; d. Feb 23, 
1936, Graves County, Kentucky. 


14 . Margaret Elizabeth 4 Evers (John Alexander 3 , William Phillip 1 
EaverS) I4 ' I4S was bom Dec 08, 1837 in Graves County, Kentucky' 79 , and died 
Feb 19, 1876 in Illinois. She married (1) CALVIN JOHNSON RaY / j " Mar 20. 1856 
in Graves County, Kentucky ' 7 ' h2 , son of HlX RAY. He was born Oct 12, 1833 in 
Calloway County, Kentucky, and died Dec 01, 1864 in Kentucky. She married 
(2) JOSEPH W. Gaunt Apr 14, 1867 in John Evers residence in Massac County, 
Illinois 753 . 

More About MARGARET ELIZABETH EVERS: 

Burial: Feb 1876, Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery, Pulaski County, Illinois' 17 
Census: 1870, Township 14 Range 2, Pulaski County, Illinois' 11 

More About CALVIN JOHNSON RAY: 

Military: Bet. 1861 - 1864, Co. F, 154th TN Senior Infantry, CSA 

Marriage Notes for MARGARET EVERS and CALVIN RAY: 

At the time of the marriage, Calvin was living in Marshall County, Kentucky 
and Margaret was living in Graves County, Kentucky per the Marriage Book. 
Marriage is also listed in Marshall County, Kentucky Marriages. Noted that 
this occurrence has happened and families where they lived would report births/ 
marriages/deaths at the end of the year. This was the explanation ot the different 
locations. 


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Marriage Notes for MARGARET EVERS and JOSEPH GAUNT: 

Married: On the 14th inst. at the residence of John Evers, Mrs. Margaret E. Ray to 
Mr. Joseph Gaunt of Pulaski County, by Alfred Copland, Esq. 

Child of Margaret Evers and Calvin Ray is: 

i. JAMES CALVIN 5 RAY' 5 *' 57 , b. Feb 06, 1 857, Marshall County, Kentucky' 5,5 ; d. Feb 
17, 1857, Marshall County, Kentucky' 5 ' 7 . 


15. LOUISA HELLEN 4 EVERS (JOHN ALEXANDER 2 , WILLIAM 2 , PHILLIP 1 
EavERS ) 160 ' 161 ' 162 was bom Nov 19, 1839 in Graves County, Kentucky 765 , and died 
Aft. 1895 in Graves County, Kentucky 764 ,6 \ She married ROLAND CONNOR 
GREEN 766 ' 767 /65 Nov 26, 1857 in Kentucky 769 , son of ANTHONY GREEN and 
ELIZABETH O’Connor. He was bom 1834, and died 1876 in Graves County, 
Kentucky. 

Notes for LOUISA HELLEN EVERS: 

Burial: Green Family Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 1 : Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: 1850, Graves County, Kentucky 770 
Census 3: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 777 
Census 4: 1880, Graves County, Kentucky 775 

Notes for ROLAND CONNOR GREEN: 

In the 1870 Census, Rowland value of real estate was $2500 and personal estate 
$600.00. 

Burial: 1876, Old Green Cemetery, Graves Co., Kentucky 
Census 1: Jul 22, 1860, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 7 ' 5 
Occupation: Jul 22, 1860, Farmer 

Children of LOUISA EVERS and ROLAND GREEN are: 

i. ISAAC W. 5 GREEN /77 -' 7J -' 76 , b. Nov 09, 1858, Kentucky; d. Jul II, 1946, Los 
Angeles, California' 77 . 

Date born 2: Nov 05, 1858, Kentucky'" 7 
Date born 3: Apr 14, 1859, Kentucky' 7,5 
Census 1 : Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 


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48. 

49. 

50. 


52. 


Census 2: Sep 22. 1 870. Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 3: 1880, Housemans, Graves County, Kentucky' 71 ' 

ii. JAMES A. GREEN, b. Feb 1 860, Kentucky. 

iii. FRANCIS MARION GREEN, b. 1861, Kentucky; d. 1909. 

iv. W ILLI AM BROW NLOW GREEN, b. Sep 20, 1 863. Kentucky ; d. Feb 28, 1936. 
Graves County. Kentucky. 

v. ROLAND CONNNOR JR. GREEN, b. 1 865, Kentucky. 

Census; Sep 22. 1 870, Graves County, Kentucky 

vi. HARRIET GREEN, b. Abt. 1868, Kentucky. 

Census: Sep 22. I 870, Graves County, Kentucky 

vii. MARTHA GREEN, b. Feb 10, 1869, Kentucky; d. Jul 01, 1894. 

viii. GEORGE O GREEN' 1 '""", b. May 20, 1874. Graves County, Kentucky' 1 '-; d. Nov 
23, 1952, Graves County, Kentucky' 1 '-'. 

Burial; Nov 23, 1952. Green's Chapel Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 7 ** 

Cause of Death: Pneumo Thrombosis for 36 hrs, contributory disease 
Atherosclerosis 7 * 7 

Medical Information: Informant was Roy Green. George was listed as single on his 
death certificate. 

Occupation: Farmer 

ix. QUINNIE GREEN, b. Jun 10, 1 876, Graves County, Kentucky ; d. Nov 29. 1952. 
Olmstead, Pulaski County. Illinois. 


16 . ZARELDA ISABEL1A 4 EVERS (JOHN ALEXANDER*, WILLIAM 2 . PHILLIP ] 
EAVERS) was born Jan 07, 1842 in Graves County, Kentucky 75 -, and died Jul 07, 
1907 in Illinois/Kentucky. She married (1) JAMES FRANKLIN COPLAND Feb 25, 
1858 in Illinois, son of JOSHUA COPLAND and ELIZABETH AXLEY. He was born 
Jan 05, 1838 in Illinois, and died Feb 19, 1862 in Shiloh, Tennessee. She married 
(2) JAMES R. Covington Apr 26, 1 863 in Massac County, Illinois 757 ' 75 ' m . He 
was bom Mar 14, 1835 in Warren County, Kentucky, and died Jun 30, 1894. 


Notes for ZARELDA ISABELIA EVERS: 

Zarelda’s Tombstone list her name as Zarelna I. Covington and a conflict with her 
Date of Birth. The cemetery book listed her DOB as 15 January 1843. 

Burial: Jul 1907, Newton Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, McCracken County, 
Kentucky 759 

Notes for JAMES FRANKLIN COPLAND: 

Joshua Copland had a large general store a mile north of Wilcox landing. I he 
store was huge with double doors and large storeroom in the rear. One night in 


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the middle of April 1862, Joshua Copland was awakened by three sharp, short 
blasts from a steam boat at the landing. These blasts were repeated several times 
at short intervals. Copland arose, dressed, hitched his team to the wagon and 
drove to the landing. When he got there the steamboat was gone. A lone coffin 
sat on the pier. Copland loaded it into the wagon and drove back to the store. In 
the back room he opened the casket. In it lay his own son dressed in Union blue. 
He had been killed in the battle of Shiloh. This was the first Union soldier from 
Massac County to be killed in the Civil War. Not many nights later the same 
drama was repeated at the landing. This time it was the body of Captain Jimmie 
Williamson, Copland’s old friend and neighbor. He had been killed in the same 
battle. Source; Pulaski County, Genealogy Notes Volume I 

More About JAMES FRANKLIN COPLAND: 

Burial: 1862, Copland Cemetery, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois /90 
Military service: Feb 19, 1852, Killed at the battle of Shiloh during the Civil 
War' 9 ' 

Notes for JAMES R. COVINGTON: 

Tombstone read Dr. J.P. Covington 

Burial: Jul 1894, Newton Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, McCracken County, 
Kentucky' 9 ^ 

Child of Zarelda Evers and James Copland is: 

i. WILLIAM J. 5 COPLAND, b. Abt. 1 860, Illinois. 

Census: 1870, Massac County, Illinois. Enumerated with J.R. & Zarelda Covington 

Children of ZARELDA EVERS and JAMES COVINGTON are: 

ii. MINNIE 5 COVINGTON, b. Aug 20, 1864, Massac County, Illinois; d. Jun 22, 

1946, McCracken County, Kentucky 795 ; m. HENRY A. ENGLISH, Feb 01, 1894, 
New Liberty Church, McCracken County, Kentucky; b. Oct i860, Marshall County, 
Kentucky. 

Notes for MINNIE COVINGTON: 

In 1930, Minnie was a widow and living with her brothers Will, Thomas and James. 
The house belonged to Will H. Covington, District #8, Woodville, McCracken 
County, Kentucky. 

Burial: Jun 23, 1946, New Liberty Cemetery. Paducah, McCracken County, 
Kentucky 79 ' 7 


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Cause of Death: Mitral Insufficiency for 2 years . ‘' u 

Census: Apr 23. 1930, District 22, Woodville, McCracken County. Kentucky living 
with brother Will and listed as a widow'" 

Medical Information: On Minnie's Death Certificate, her place of birth was listed 
as Massac County, Illinois and her informant was Mrs. J.C. Boyd of Paducah. 
Kentucky (her niece). 

More About HENRY A. ENGLISH: 

Census: Jun 02, 1900, Paducah, McCracken County. Kentucky 
Occupation: Jun 02, 1900, Carpenter as listed on Census 

Marriage Notes for MINNIE COVINGTON and HENRY ENGLISH: 

This was the 2nd marriage for H.A. English and the first for Minnie. H.A. father 
was from Alabama and his mother from Kentucky. H.A. listed his occupation as 
steamboat man on the marriage bond. Their witnesses were John Spencer and ?? 
Spencer. Source: Copy of Marriage Bond. McCracken County, Kentucky 

iii. WILLIAM HARDIN COVINGTON, b. Sep 12, 1867, Grand Chain. Illinois; d. Feb 
1 1, 1935, Ragland, McCracken County, Kentucky 

On Death Certificate, place of birth was listed as Kentucky 
Burial: Feb 12, 1935, New Liberty Cemetery'" 

Cause of Death: Heart Block 1/2 hour. Wm was never married 

Census 1 : Apr 23, 1930. District #8. Woodville, McCracken County. Kentucky ,M 

Census 2: Jan 20, 1920, McCracken County, Kentucky m 

Funeral: Feb 12, 1935, Malone-Lindsey & Henning Funeral Home, Paducah. 

McCracken County, Kentucky 200 

Medical Information: Informant Mrs. Minnie English 

Occupation 1: Shoe Merchant 

Occupation 2: 1920, Proprietor in a Retail Merchant Store-’"' 

Occupation 3: Apr 23, 1930, Merchant in General Merchandise Store " 

iv. JAMES ROBERT COVINGTON, b. Jan 30, 1870, Massac County, Illinois-'": d. Jan 
09. 1931, Ragland, McCracken County, Kentucky-’"''. 

Burial: Jan 11, 193 1, New Liberty Cemetery J0V 

Cause of Death: A 32 caliber ball shot from hands of unknown party in left side of 
breast bone. 

Census: Apr 23. 1930. District 22, Woodville, McCracken County. Kentucky living 
with brother Will- 1 " 

Medical Information: Incident occurred in front ol his store. Informant W. II. 
Covington. Phy sician: R.L. Nelson (coroner) JR was listed as single. 

Occupation: Apr 23, 1930, Clerk in Grocery Store belonging to Will 

v. THOMAS JOHN COVINGTON, b. Jan 30, 1870. Massac County. Illinois’"': d. Oct 
15, 1942, Ragland, McCracken County, Kentucky 

Burial: Oct 16, 1942, New Liberty Cemetery-'"' 


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Cause of Death: Broken Hip 

Census 1: Apr 23, 1930, District 22, Woodville, McCracken County, Kentucky 
living with brother Will 20 " 

Census 2: 1 870, Township 14 Range 3, Massac, Illinois 205 
Census 3: 1910, District 8, McCracken, Kentucky 22 '' 2 
Census 4: 1930, Woodville, McCracken, Kentucky 2 '" 

Medical Information: Informant was Rella Boyd, niece. TJ was never married 
Occupation 1 : 1930, Clerk in Grocery Store belonging to Will 
Occupation 2: Apr 23, 1930, Clerk in a grocery store 2 " 

vi. MILANO B. COVTNGTON, b. Sep 10, 1875, Kentucky 2 ' 2 ; d. Aug 05, 1914, 
Raglands, McCracken County, Kentucky 2 ' 2 . 

Name 2: Milous B Covington 2 ' 2 

Burial: Aug 06, 1914, Newton’s Creek, Paducah, Kentucky 2 ' 2 
Cause of Death: Malaria 2 ' 2 

Census 1: 1880, Woodville, McCracken, Kentucky 2 ' 2 
Census 2: 1910, District 8, McCracken, Kentucky 2 '' 5 

Medical Information: Dessie Covington was informant on death certificate. Milano 
was listed as single on death certificate. 

Occupation: Merchant 

vii. EDWARD HARRIS COVINGTON 2 '’, b. Jun 10, 1877, McCracken County, 
Kentucky 2 ' 7 ; d. Aug 28, 1944, Western State Hospital, Hopkinsville, Christian 
County, Kentucky 2 '' 5 . 

Burial: Aug 30, 1944, New Liberty Cemetery, McCracken County, Kentucky 2 ' 5 
Cause of Death: Intestinal Obstruction, Dementia Prascox, Paranoid Type 2 ' 5 
Medical Information: Never married. Edward was in Western State Hospital when 
registering for the WWI Draft. 

53. viii. QUITMON C. COVINGTON, b. Mar 1 5, 1 880, McCracken County, Kentucky; d. 
Apr 03, 1 947, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky. 

17. James Albert Lafayette 4 Evers (John Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 
EAVERS) was bom Dec 07, 1843 in Graves County, Kentucky- 79 , and died Aug 
26, 1910 in Illinois 220 . He married ANN ELIZA MCGEE Sep 07, 1865 in Hugh 
McGee’s Residence, Pulaski County, Illinois 227 222 , daughter of HUGH MCGEE and 
ElARRIET METCALF. She was bom Apr 02, 1850 in Near Grand Chain, Illinois, 
and died Dec 30, 1918 in Massac County, Illinois 222 . 

Notes for JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE EVERS: 

Death Obit: Death of J.A.L. Evers 

James A.L. Evers was bom in Graves County, Kentucky, December 7, 1943; in 
December 1861 he enlisted in the 15th Regiment Illinois Cavalry having moved 


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to this state with his parents several years previously. He served his county three 
years and one month and was honorably discharged in January 1865. He was 
converted in his 14th year and lived a devoted Christian in the M.E. Church at 
Salem for 52 years; passed away in great peace Friday morning, August 26th, 
aged 66 years, 8 months, and 19 days. His funeral was held at Salem on Sunday 
August 28th at 1 1 a.m. A very large concourse of friends with the relatives 
followed the remains to their last resting place. The grave was covered with 
flowers. We do not sorrow as those who have no hope for as was said of old he 
was a good man and full of the Holy Second Spirit. The funeral was preached by 
his pastor, Rev. T.J. Overstreet, from Second Timothy, fourth chapter 7-8 verses. 

A good man is gone. The friends have the sympathy and respect of all who know 
them. He was married September 7, 1 865, to Miss Ann Eliza McGee, daughter 
of Judge Hugh McGee of Pulaski County and who survives him, with four sons, 
Albert, James O., Luther L. and Hubert H. Evers and two daughters, Mrs. Cynthia 
Lippert, wife of Gus Lippert, and Mrs. Hattie Ferguson, wife of J.D. Ferguson 
of Tuscola, Illinois. Mr. Evers was an honorable man, a steadfast friend, a kind 
loving husband and father. 

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JAMES A. L. EVERS (Filed at Massac 
County Courthouse October 3, 1910 p. 145-147) 

I, James A. L. Evers of the County of Massac and State of Illinois, being of sound 
mind and disposing memory, do make, publish and declare this to the my last will 
and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made. 

As to all my worldly estate and all the property real, and personal or mixed ot 
which of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at 
the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the following 
manner, to-wit: 

My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid, by my 
executor here in after named out of my estate, as soon after my decease as he 
shall find convenient. I give and bequeath to my beloved wile, Anna E. Evers 
the control of and the income and profits ot all my real estate and all my personal 
estate as long as she shall live, after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid. 
After my death and after the death of my wife, I will that my property be disposed 
of as follows. That all my real estate and all my personal estate be sold by my 
executor here in after named in any way that shall to him seem best, and the 


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proceeds to be distributed as follows. 

1 . One tenth (1/10) of all the money received from the sale of my real and 
personal estate, I will to be paid to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church located in Logan Precinct in Massac County, and known as the Salem 
M.E. Church and said money to be placed on interest by the said trustees and the 
interest paid annually for the support of a Minister at the church. 

2. I will that the balance of the money received from the sale of my real and 
personal estate to equally divided between my children, Albert W. Evers, James 
O. Evers, Cynthia Lippert, Lurther (mispelled) L. Evers, Harriett H. Ferguson and 
Hubert H. Evers. 

And in case Albert W. Evers should die before taking his part of the above estate, 

I will and bequeath his share of the said estate to his child Eunice, but the money 
shall not be paid to her until she is twenty-one years of age. 

Lastly I do nominate my son Albert W. Evers to be the executor of this my last 
will and testament and case he does not act he may nominate either James or 
Luther Evers as executors. 

In witness whereof, I the said James A. L. Evers have to this my last will and 
testament consisting of two sheets of paper, subscribed my name, this fourth day 
of October in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Nine 
James A. L. Evers 

Subscribed, Published and declared by the said James A. L. Evers as and for 
his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his 
presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses there to, Fred 
Smith, Metropolis, Illinois Anna E. Henne 

Albert W. Evers, James O. Evers, Luther L. Evers, Hubert H. Evers - Grand 
Chain, Illinois 

Cynthia Lippert - K.amak, Illinois 
Harriett Ferguson, Tuscola, Illinois 

James was injured twice during the Civil War fighting under General Grant. His 
major injury came from an accidental shot from his Captain’s pistol. They were 
out on a “scout”, letting their horses drink at a stream and the Captain’s horse 
shook all over. The Captain had his pistol primed and cocked; the horse must 
have bumped the Captain and causing the pistol to go off. This was the affidavit 


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given by the Captain when James applied for a pension. The shot went thru the 
inside of the upper left calf and exited the lower right side of the ankle. The other 
gunshot injury was basically a skin wound that happened during a battle. James 
claimed other disabilities due to poor environment & water during battle and siege 
of Fort Donnellson & Fort Flenry. 

More About JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE EVERS: 

Burial: Aug 28, 1910, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
Census: Apr 29, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois--'' 

Military service: 1865, Civil War, Illinois 15th Calvary 
Occupation 1: Justice of the Peace, Farmer 
Occupation 2: Apr 29, 1910, Farmer on his farm 
Religion: Methodist 

Will: Oct 09, 1909, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 

Notes for ANN ELIZA McGEE: 

“The Republican Flerald” Death Announcement 

Ann Eliza McGee, daughter of Judge Hugh McGee, of Pulaski County', Illinois 
was bom near Grand Chain on April 2, 1850. Upon the return from the Union 
Army of James A.L. Evers, she was united in marriage with him September 7, 

1 865. To that union were bom nine children, six sons and three daughters. The 
eldest son, Johnie, drowned at 16 years of age. Hugh and Agnes died in infancy 
and there yet remains, Albert W. and James O. of Grand Chain, Mrs. Cynthia 
Lippert of Kamak, Mrs. Jay D. Ferguson of Salem, Illinois, Luther L. Evers of 
Metropolis and Hubert H. who is now with the colors somewhere in France. 

From the death of her husband in 1910, Mrs. Evers failed rapidly but her death 
was caused by pneumonia. She passed from this life to life eternal December 
31, 1918. She had lived a consistent member of the Salem Methodist Episcopal 
church for fifty-three years and never was known to fail to testify to her Master’s 
goodness and mercy any time or place the opportunity was given. Truly our 
church has lost a “Mother in Zion” but our loss is Heaven’s gain and as she often 
prayed; “Not my will but Thine, O Lord be done.” 

Card of Thanks 

We want to thank our many friends who so kindly gave us their aid and sympathy 
during the sad time through which we have just passed, that is, the sickness and 


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death of our beloved mother, Ann E. Evers. When the same sad hours come to 
you may God surround you with just such friends. Children. 

More About ANN ELIZA MCGEE: 

Burial: Jan 02, 1919, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, 
Illinois 22 - 5 

Cause of Death: Pneumonia 

Census: Apr 29, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 226 
Medical Information: Death Certificate signed by Alvin Smith, MC 


Marriage Notes for JAMES EVERS and ANN MCGEE: 

Marriage Register #1 1861-1904 at Pulaski County Court House. The couple was 
married by G.W. Brinston, Minister of the Gospel. 

Children of JAMES EVERS and ANN MCGEE are: 

i. JOHN WESLEY 5 EVERS, b. Apr 02, 1 867, Illinois; d. Jul 29, 1 883, Massac 
County, Illinois” 7 . 

John drowned two weeks after Luther was bom and this had an everlasting affect 
on the family. The children and grandchildren were not allowed near the water and 
most didn’t know how to swim. 

Burial: 1883, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 2 ** 

Cause of Death: Drowning 

54. ii. ALBERT WARREN EVERS, b. Dec 07, 1869, Massac County, Illinois; d. Jan 1 1, 

1934, Lansing, Michigan. 

iii. HUGH M. EVERS, b. Sep 11, 1 872, Massac County, Illinois; d. Oct 08, 1872, 
Massac County, Illinois. 

Burial: Oct 1872, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 22 '' 

iv. ELIZA JANE EVERS, b. Sep 1 1 , 1 873, Massac County, Illinois; d. Sep 04, 1 874, 
Massac County, Illinois. 

Burial: Sep 1874, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

55. v. CYNTHIA CAROLINE EVERS, b. Sep 1 1 , 1 875, Massac County, Illinois; d. Apr 

30, 1953, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

56. vi. JAMES OLIVER EVERS, b. Feb 23, 1 878, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois; 

d. Oct 27, 1926, St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois. 

57. vii. LUTHER LAFAYETTE EVERS, b. Jul 15, 1883, Rd. District #6, Massac County, 

Illinois; d. Jun 15, 1945, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

58. viii. HARRIETT HESTER EVERS, b. Sep 21,1 886, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois; 

d. Mar 12, 1958, Massac County, Illinois. 

59. ix. HUBERT HUFFMAN EVERS, b. Jul 26, 1893, Illinois; d. Feb 26, 1963, Illinois. 


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18 . Nancy Minerva 4 Evers (John Alexander*, William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 
was bom Jun 21, 1846 in Kentucky-'-' 4 , and died Oct 22, 1888 in Illinois’ 30 . She 
married JACOB CALVIN PEELER Mar 01, 1863 in Massac County, Illinois-' 37 -’ 3 -, 
son of ABRAHAM Peeler and OMA Pool. He was born Jul 22, 1839 in North 
Carolina, and died Dec 03, 1901. 


More About NANCY MINERVA EVERS: 

Burial: Oct 1888, West Eden Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois 233 

Census 1: 1870, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 234 
Census 2: 1880, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 233 

More About JACOB CALVIN PEELER: 

Burial: Dec 1909, West Eden Cemetery, Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois 236 

Census 1: Jul 26, 1870, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 2: Jun 26, 1880, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 3: Jun 04, 1900, with 2nd wife and their children 23 
Military service: Civil War, Co. D 56th Regiment, Corporal 
Occupation: 1880, Farmer listed on the census 2377 


Children of NANCY EVERS and JACOB PEELER are: 
i. ARTHUR 5 PEELER, b. Abt. 1863, Illinois"*. 

Census 1: 1 870, Cache Township. Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1880, Cache. Johnson. Illinois, United States 22 " 

60. ii. CYNTHAJ. PEELER, b. Aug 20, 1866, Illinois; d. Jun 20. 1902. 

61. iii. ALEXANDER JULUS PEELER, b. Abt. 1868, Illinois. 

iv. ABRAM PEELER, b. May 1 3, I 870, Illinois-’"": d. Jun 27, 1 870. Johnson County 
Illinois-" 7 . 

Burial: Jun 1870, West Eden Cemetery, Lower Cache Township. Johnson County. 


Illinois 2 " 2 

62. v. JACOB C. PEELER, b. Oct 13, 1871, Johnson County. Illinois: d. Aug 19. 1948. 

Marion, Williamson County. Illinois. 

63. vi. OMA PEELER, b. Nov 1 875. Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois, 
vii. JOHN PEELER, b. Jun 08, 1876, Illinois-'" 2 ; m. ELLEN III. 

John was described as medium height, medium build, dark hair and blue eyes on his 
WWI draft registration card. 


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viii. ANNIE PEELER, b. Abt. 1 878, Illinois, 
ix. ETHEL PEELER^ 7 , b. Oct 23, 1882, Johnson County. Illinois; d. Dec 09, 1882, 
Johnson County, Illinois. 

Burial: Dec 1 882, West Eden Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois-" 5 


19. JOHN WESLEY H. 4 EVERS (JOHN ALEXANDER 3 , WILLIAM 1 , PHILLIP 1 E AVERS) 
was bom Dec 03, 1848 in Graves County, Kentucky 246 , and died Oct 06, 1920 
in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 24 ’ 7 . He married QUINETTA JETT 247 Jul 
05, 1874 in McCracken County, Kentucky 245 -’ 49 , daughter of ROBERT JETT and 
FRANCES Pitt. She was born Mar 08, 1858 in Kentucky, and died Sep 02, 1926 
in Benton, Franklin County, Illinois. 

Notes for JOHN' WESLEY H. EVERS: 

Death Obit - The Republican Herald- Metropolis, 111 Thursday, October 9, 1920, 
Page 1 

The death of John W. Evers, which occurred at his home on East Flight Street 
Tuesday evening came as a most unexpected surprise to all and is deeply regretted 
by all. Mi*. Evers had been in poor health for the past year or more due in part 
to the infirmities that attend advanced age, but has been at work regular at the 
Roberts Leggett box factory and worked up until last Friday afternoon when he 
laid off work to attend the M.E. conference held here last week. 

Mr. Evers was a son of John and Cynthia Evers of Kentucky. He came to Illinois 
in the year 1857, and has, with the exception of a short time spent with his family 
in Arkansas where he moved, but shortly returned here continuously. 

He was married to Miss Quinne Jett in 1874, and to the union four children were 
bom, two having passed away, the others surviving being a son Jett Evers of this 
city and Mrs. Myrtle Witterquist of Elgin. 

Deceased also leaves besides his wife other relatives and a host of friends to 
mourn his demise. Mr. Luther L. Evers our present County Superintendent of 
schools is a nephew of the deceased. 

John W. Evers was a member for over thirty years of the M.E. church of this city 
and a good Christian worker and one of the best citizens that Massac county has 
ever known. Be is said in honor to the memory of a good man and an upright, 
honest, industrious citizen, friend and neighbor who has passed forever from the 


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walks of life over into the mysterious borderland of restful dreams that no mark 
or blemish or stain can be found, after over half a century’s association with the 
people of this county, to mar the beauty of a character that was almost without a 
blemish, and he was known by all as a man of unimpeachable worth, honor and 
integrity. Mr. Evers ran away from home when only 14 years of age and joined 
the union army but was later followed and taken bake home by his father. He ran 
away again later on and joined what he thought to be the union forces but which 
afterwards proved to be the Kentucky State militia or “Home Guards” yet they 
were with the union forces on several engagements and saw actual service to an 
extent. 

As a man prominently identified with the official affairs of Massac county he 
served two terms as deputy sheriff, on under Robert C. Barham, the second under 
Green W. Smith and then made the race and was elected and served one term as 
sheriff of Massac county. 

The funeral was held this afternoon from the home of the family on East Eighth 
street at 2 o’clock. Rev. Shumard being chosen to preach the sermon. The body 
was taken to the Masonic cemetery for burial. The wife, children and the other 
surviving relatives we offer our deep sympathy. 

Burial: Oct 07, 1920, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Paralysis super induced by Cerebral Hemorrhage 
Census 1: Jun 04, 1880, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas ’’" 

Census 2: Jan 06, 1920, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois-'-’ 7 
Occupation: Jan 06, 1920, Laborer at the Stove Plant 
Residence: 1876, Ash Ridge, Massac County, Illinois (State Atlas) 

Notes for QUINETTA JETT: 

Death Obit “The Republican Herald” Wednesday September 8, 1926 
Mrs. Quinn Evers Died at Benton - Mrs. Quinn (Jett) Evers, a well known aged 
lady, died at Benton, Illinois, last Thursday. She had been residing at the home 
of her son Jett Evers, for some time. The body was brought to Metropolis and 
a funeral services, under the direction of W.P. Baynes, were held at the First 
Methodist church at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. McPherson officiating. 
Burial was in the Masonic cemetery. The Order ol Eastern Star attended in 
a body. Mrs. Evers was bom in Kentucky March 8, 1858. She was united in 
marriage to John W. Evers, July 5, 1875. Mr. Evers was tor many years sherill 


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of Massac County. Four children were bom to them, two of them, Carrie and 
Robbie, preceding the parents in death. The two children now living are Mrs. 
Myrtle Wetterquist of Elgin, Illinois, and Jett Evers of Benton. She leaves 
three sisters and her mother, Mrs. Robert Jett, who is past 86 years of age; who 
lives in Wickliffe, Ky. She was also the grandmother of Mrs. Valeria Rankin of 
Metropolis, and an aunt of County Superintendent Luther L. Evers. Her husband 
died several years ago. 

Mrs. Evers was a member of the M.E. church, having united with that body 
of Christians in 1885. She was faithful unto death, and was especially a great 
worker in the ladies aid society. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern 
Star. She was a splendid woman, loved by all who knew her. 

Burial: Sep 05, 1926, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage - 4 days per death certificate with Jett 

Evers as informant 

Census 1: Jun 04, 1880, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas 
Census 2: Jan 06, 1920, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 257 

Marriage Notes for JOHN EVERS and QUINETTA JETT: 

James R. Covington was a bondsman for John Evers for the sum of $1 00.00. 
John’s occupation was listed as a farmer. Quinetta was listed as Queen E. Jett. 
This was the first marriage for the couple and their witnesses were H.C. Pitt 
and J. Brachman and “many others”. They were married at Robert Jett’s place 
of residence. John listed his father’s POB as Virginia. Remarks on Marriage 
Certificate was “May you live long and prosper.” 


Children of JOHN EVERS and QUINETTA JETT are: 


64. 


65 . 


MYRTLE 5 EVERS, b. Sep 13, 1876, McCracken County, Kentucky; d. 1963. 
CARRIE EVERS, b. Apr 1878; d. Bef. 1880. 

ROBBIE EVERS-’ 52 , b. Mar 08, 1880, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas; 
d. Nov 22, 1902, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 252 . 

Robbie had lived in Illinois 18 years before her death. 

Burial: Nov 25, 1902, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Typhus Abdominalis with Complication of Cardiovascular 
weakness for 21 days 

Census: Jun 04, 1880, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas 252 
MAURICE JETT EVERS, b. Dec 20, 1895, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois; d. 
Mar 1967, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. 


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20. Harriet Catherine 4 Evers (John Alexander 5 , William 1 . Phillip 1 
EAVERS) 255 256 was bom Mar 20, 1852 in Woodville, Kentucky- 5 ’. She married 
WILLIAM FRANK WILLIS 25 * 2577 Mar 23, 1873 in Newton Creek Baptist Church, 
McCracken County, Kentucky ’ 5 * 260 . He was born Jan 26, 1851 in Henry County, 
Tennessee, and died May 06, 1925 in Carroll County, Arkansas. 

More About HARRIET CATHERINE EVERS: 

Name 2: Hattie Evers-' 57 

Census 1: Jun 16, 1880, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 262 
Census 2: Jan 18, 1900, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 265 
Census 3: Jan 13, 1920, Cedar Township, Eureka Springs City, Carroll County, 
Arkansas- 6-7 

More About WILLIAM FRANK WILLIS: 

Burial: May 1925, Eureka Springs Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, 
Arkansas 

Census 1: Jun 16, 1880, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas- 6 -’’ 

Census 2: Jan 18, 1900, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas- 166 

Census 3: Jan 13, 1920, Cedar Township, Eureka Springs City, Carroll County, 

Arkansas 26 ’ 

Occupation 1: 1880, Saloon Keeper as listed in Census 
Occupation 2: 1900, Policeman 2677 
Occupation 3: 1920, Road Overseer 
Residence: 1870, Precinct 6, McCracken, Kentucky 26 ' 7 

Marriage Notes for HARRIET EVERS and WILLIAM WILLIS: 

J.R. Covington was the bondsman for William Frank Willis for the sum of 
$100.00. Wm. Frank’s parents were both born in Henry County, Tennessee and 
his occupation was farmer. This was the first marriage lor the couple. I heir 
witnesses were S.B.(R) Vance and J. Crawford and large congregation and 
married by E.W. Benson, Baptist Minister. Harriett (Hattie) listed her father from 
Pennsylvania and mother from North Carolina. 

Children of HARRIET EVERS and WILLIAM WILLIS are: 

66. i. LINDA MAW WILLIS, b. Feb 09, 1874, McCracken County, Kentucky. 


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ii. MAGGIE O WILLIS 270 , b. Oct 1 5, 1 876, McCracken County. Kentucky- 77 '- 172 . 
Census: Jun 16, ! 880, Eureka Springs, Carrol! County, Arkansas 

iii. AGNES WILLIS, b. Dec 1879, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas. 
Census: Jun 16, 1880, Eureka Springs, Carrol! County, Arkansas 

iv. EUREKA BELLE WILLIS- 72 , b. Jun 02, 1881, Eureka Springs, Carrol! County, 
Arkansas; d. Oct 14, 1956; m. FRANK A GLEASON 272 ; b. 1874, Missouri 2 ' 2 . 

More About EUREKA BELLE WILLIS: 

Burial: Oct 1956. Eureka Springs Cemetery. Eureka Springs, Carroll County, 
Arkansas 

Census 1: Jan 18, 1900, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 2 ' 7 
Census 2: May 02, 1910, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 275 
Occupation: 1910, Sales Lady at Dry Goods Store 275 
Census 3: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 2 ’ 6 


More About FRANK A GLEASON: 

Census: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 276 

67. v. LAURA WILLIS, b. Oct 1883, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas. 

68. vi. BESSE BLANCFIE WILLIS, b. Apr 1886, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, 

Arkansas. 

vii. FRANK WILLIS, b. Oct 12, 1889, Eureka Springs, Carrol! County, Arkansas 277 . 
According to the WWI Registration Card, “Willie’' Frank Willis was married, a 
farmer and had 3 children by June 5, 1917. He was described as tall, medium built, 
light blue eyes with black hair. 

Date born 2: Oct 12, 1889, Murfreesboro, Arkansas 
Census 1: Jan 18, 1900, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 2 ' 2 
Census 2: 1900, Eureka Springs Ward I, Carroll, Arkansas 279 
Residence: Jun 05, 1917, Mena, Polk County, Arkansas 220 


21. Caroline 4 Grimes ( Matilda 3 Evers, William 2 , Phillip [ Eavers) was born 
1840 in Kentucky- 57 . She married WILLIAM RiLEY PERRYMAN- 57 Jun 15, 1859 in 
Massac County, Illinois 257 . He was bom 1 824 in Tennessee 257 . 

Child of Caroline Grimes and William Perryman is: 

i. MATILDA J. 5 PERRYMAN, b. Abt. 1 860. Arkansas. 


22. James Robert 4 Evers (Joseph Nathan 2 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers ) 282 - 283 
was bom Aug 05, 1846 in Illinois, and died Jan 20, 1938 in Pulaski County, 


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Illinois 257 . He married CHARLOTTE COPLAND 25525625 ” Mar 15, 1866 in Massac 
County, Illinois 255 , daughter of ALFRED COPLAND and CATHERINE ELKINS. She 
was bom 1847 in Illinois 25 ' 2 , and died Mar 31, 1937 in Pulaski County, Illinois 2 ' 2 ''. 

More About JAMES ROBERT EVERS: 

Census 1: 1850, Massac County, Illinois 2 ' 22 
Census 2: 1860, Massac County, Illinois 2 ' 22 
Occupation: 1883, General Merchandise 222 

More About CHARLOTTE COPLAND: 

Census: 1850, Massac County, Illinois 227 

Children of JAMES EVERS and CHARLOTTE COPLAND are: 
i. MARTHA 5 EVERS- 93 ’-’ 96 . 

69. ii. WILLIAM FRANCIS EVERS, b. Dec 24. 1 866. Massac County. Illinois: d. Mar 06. 
1940. Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois. 

iii. ELIZABETH CATHERINE EVERS- 97 -’ 9 ' ? - ,99 J ' Wj ’ 6/ , b. Apr 20, 1870. Massac County, 
Illinois; d. Aug 21. 1962, Johnson City, Williamson Count\. Illinois: m. (1 ) JOHN 
D. REESE, Jul 03. 1886, Vienna. Johnson County, Illinois'"-’; b. Abt. 1863, Jackson 
County, Illinois; m. (2) JOHN L DOWNIN, Jun 25, 1890. Belknap, Johnson 
County, Illinois-™; m. (3) AUGUSTUS WILLARD TARR“ U " 6 , 1903, Grand 
Chain, Pulaski County. Illinois; b. 1865, Illinois; d. Nov 23, 1943. Johnson City, 
Williamson County, Illinois 5 "'. 

Notes for ELIZABETH CATHERINE EVERS: 

Death Obit: 

Southern Illinoisan Newspaper, August 22, 1962, p. 10 
40- Year Johnson City Resident Dies at Home 

Mrs. Elizabeth Tarr, 92. or 1109 Grand Avenue. Johnson City, died at 7 p.m. 

Tuesday at home after a long illness. 

A resident of Johnson City 40 years, she was born April 30, 1 870 in Massac C ountv. 
the daughter of James and Charlet Evers, she married Dr. A.V\. larr. a physician 
in Johnson City for many years, who died in 1943. She was a member ol the First 
United Methodist Church. 

Mrs. Tarr leaves a sister, Mrs. Maude Poulson ol Joppa, three nieces and MR 
nephews. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. I hursday at the Murman and \V i Ison Funeral 
Home. The Rev. Floyd Hale of the First United Methodist Church will officiate. 
Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Belknap. Friends may call at the tuneral 
home. 


More About ELtZABETH CATHERINE EVERS: 

Census !: 1900, Belknap, Johnson. Illinois-*"* 

Census 2: 1910, Grand Chain, Pulaski, Illinois 3 "" 

Census 3: 1920, Karnak, Pulaski, Illinois 37 " 

Census 4: 1930, Johnston City, Williamson, Illinois 377 

Notes for AUGUSTUS WILLARD TARR: 

Death Obit: 

Johnston City Progress, Friday, 26 November, 1943 
Funeral Services Thursday 1 :30 for Dr. A.W. Tan- 

Last rites for Dr. A. W. Tarr, 78, well-known physician, will be held Thursday 
afternoon at 1 :30 o’clock. The services will be conducted from the First Methodist 
Church by the pastor. Rev. Horner Young. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery 
at Belknap. 

The body will lie in state at the home of his nephew, J.V. Evers, 1204 N. Monroe 
Avenue until the hour of the funeral services. 

The aged physician passed away at 2 a.m.. Tuesday at his home, 1 109 Grand Avenue 
following three week illness from influenza and complications. He had been in 
failing health for the past few years. 

Dr. Tarr was born at DuQuoin January 16, 1865, the son of U.P. and Eliza Tarr. 

He was married to Elizabeth C. Tarr at Grand Chain in 1903. He had practiced 
medicine for 40 years and for the last 20 years has made his home in this city. He 
was a member of the Methodist Church, the Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges. 

Dr. Tarr was a great friend and booster of the local schools and attended all of their 
activities as long as health permitted. He was especially interested in the fraternal 
orders of which he was a member and served in various lodge offices. He had a 
talent at poetry and many of his compositions were read at various programs. 

Beside his wife, he is survived by one daughter and one son: Mrs. Earle Porter of 
Roswell, N.M. and C.A. Tarr of Chicago. A sister, Mrs. Tom Gaunt of Texas and a 
brother, D.W. Tarr of Riverside, Calif, also survive. 

More About AUGUSTUS WILLARD TARR: 

Burial: 1943, Belknap Masonic Cemetery. Lower Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois 373 

Census 1: 1910, Grand Chain, Pulaski, Illinois 373 
Census 2: 1920, Karnak, Pulaski County, Illinois 373 
Census 3: 1930, Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois 373 
70. iv. JOHN ROBERT EVERS, b. Dec 23, 1874, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois: d. 

Dec 12, 1949, Pulaski County, Illinois. 

v. ROLLA PORTER EVERS 376377 , b. Jui 25, 1877, Massac County, Illinois 37 *; d. 

Jun 05, 1932, New Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 37 ' 7 ; m. ELIZABETH 


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ELEANOR JOHNSON. 


Notes tor ROLLA PORTER EVERS: 

WW1 Draft Registration physical description was of Medium Build. Medium 
Height. Grey Eyes & Auburn Hair. 

Occupation: 1918, Barber in Barber Shop-*-" 

WW 1 Draft Registration: Sep 12. 1918. Grand Chain, Pulaski County. Illinois'-’" 

71. vi. ADOLPHUS LINN EVERS, b. Aug 29. I 880. Illinois; d. Aug 26. 1942. Salem. 

Marion County. Illinois. 

vii. MAUDE EVERS, b. Jun 16, 1 883, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois' : d. Aug 
15, 1965, Doctor’s Hospital, Harrisburg, Saline Count}. Illinois; m. THOMAS 
POULSON J ’-’: b. Nov 16, 1875. Kentucky" 3 -"*; d. 1940. 

Notes for MAUDE EVERS: 

Obituary 

Maude Poulson Funeral Services held Tuesdav 

Mrs. Maude Poulson. 82. of Johnson City, formerly of Joppa, died Sunday morning 
in Doctor's Hospital in Harrisburg. 

She is survived by three nephews, Charles Evers of Cypress. Seth Evers of Salem 
and Willard Evers of Nashville, Tennessee. 

Funeral services were held in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 2 p.m. Tuesday 
with the Rev. homer Young officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in 
Belknap. 

Census: 1910, Hillerman. Massac County. Illinois""' 

More About THOMAS POULSON: 

Census: 1910, Hillerman, Massac, Illinois"-' 

Occupation: Barber in Barber Shop 3 --’ 

72. viii. JAMES HAL EVERS, b. Jul 1 7, 1 889, Kamak, Pulaski County. Illinois: d. Jan 20. 

1938. Pulaski County. Illinois. 


23. George Washington 4 Evers (Joseph Nathan 1 , William \ Phillip 1 
EavERS) 32632 " was bom Feb 22, 1848 in Massac County, Illinois’-", and died 
Mar 21, 1921 in Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois-*-*. He married ( 1 ) MARI HA 
MOSS-*- 9 Mar 11, 1871 in Massac County, Illinois-*-*". He married (2) MARTHA 
HELEN Copland^ 7 332 Mar 08, 1874 in Massac County, Illinois’'*', daughter 
of Alfred Copland and Catherine Elkins. She was born Feb 17, 1856 
in Massac County, Illinois. He married (3) CAROLINE DUGGER Sep 23, 1884 
in Justice Office, Massac County, Illinois*' 7 , daughter of JOHN DUGGER and 


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MAHALA ROBERTS. She was bom 1 848 in Massac County, Illinois 335 . He 
married (4) HESTER I. THOMPSON 336 Mar 1888 in Massac County, Illinois 337335 . 
She was bom 1865, and died 1945. 

More About GEORGE WASHINGTON EVERS: 

Census 1: 1850, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1860, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 3: 1870, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 4: 1880, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 5: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 6: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 7: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 339 
More About MARTHA HELEN COPLAND: 

Census 1: 1860, Township 14 S Range 3 E, Massac County, Illinois 340 
Census 2: 1870, Township 14 Range 3, Massac County, Illinois 34 ' 

Marriage Notes for GEORGE EVERS and HESTER THOMPSON: 

This marriage license # was only item available in the source book as loose papers 
were found in the basement of the court house. Marriage # 1866, should be 
between March 25 - March 30, 1888. 

More About HESTER I. THOMPSON: 

Burial: 1945, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 34 -’ 
Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 343 

Children of GEORGE EVERS and MARTHA COPLAND are: 

i. ETHEL 5 EVERS 5 "" 5 " 5,5 " 6 , b. Jan 08, 1880, Illinois; d. Oct 20. 1930. Dongola, Union 
County, Illinois 5 " 7 ; m. WILLIAM JOSHUA WRIGHT 5 "* 5 ™ 55 ', Abt. 1904: b. 1860. 
Illinois 552,555 ; d. Jul 25, 1925. Dongola, Union County, Illinois 55 ". 

More About ETHEL EVERS: 

Burial: Aft. Oct 20, 1930, Dongola Cemetery, Union County, Illinois 

Census 1: 1910, Dongola, Union County, Illinois 5 -'’ 5 

Census 2: 1920, Dongola, Union County, Illinois 556 

Census 3: 1930, Dongola, Union County, Illinois as a widow 55 ' 

More About WILLIAM JOSHUA WRIGHT: 

Burial: Aft. Jul 25, 1925, Dongola Cemetery, Union County, Illinois 


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Census I: 1910, Dongola, Union County, Illinois-”* 

Census 2: 1920, Dongola, Union County, Illinois” 1 ' 

73. ii. CHARLES ROBERT EVERS, b. Jan 09. 1 877, Massac County. Illinois; d. Jan 09, 

1950, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois, 
iii. FANNIE HELEN EVERS, b. Jan 0 1 , 1906. Illinois: d. Jul 07, 1907. 

74. iv. CLARA MAY EVERS, b. Nov 23, 1874, Massac County. Illinois: d. 1954. 

Children of GEORGE EVERS and HESTER THOMPSON are: 

75. v. JESSE W.’ EVERS, b. Apr 03, 1889, Belknap. Johnson County, Illinois: d. May 22. 

1945, Paducah. McCracken County, Kentucky. 

76. vi. MONTE R. EVERS, b. Jan 10, 1903, Belknap. Johnson County, Illinois. 

24 . William Benjamin 4 Evers (Joseph Nathan 3 , william 2 , Phillip 1 
RAVERS ) 360,361362 363 was bom Apr 15, 1853 in Massac County, Illinois-*' 54 -*'”, 
and died 1914 in Johnson County, Illinois. He married ( 1 ) VIRGINIA ALICE 
LANCASTER Jul 04, 1872 in Massac County, Illinois-* 66 . He married (2) 
TENNESSEE Daniels Apr 27, 1884 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois-’ 6 ’. She 
was bom Abt. 1859. He married (3) AMANDA E. JAYNES-* 6 *-* 6 *-* 7 '* Aug 27, 1885 
in Massac County, Illinois-* 7 *-* 7 -, daughter of VALENTINE JAYNES and / TUCKER. 
She was bom Apr 1865 in Illinois-*"*” 74 -*”, and died Apr 22, 1945 in Norwood 
Park, Cook County, Illinois. 

More About WILLIAM BENJAMIN EVERS: 

Census 1: 1860, Township 14 S Range 3 E, Massac County, Illinois-' 6 
Census 2: 1870, Township 14 Range 3, Massac County, Illinois* 

Census 3: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois*” 

Census 4: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois* 4 

More About AMANDA E. JAYNES: 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois’ 5 " 

Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois’ 5 * 

Census 3: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois* 5 * 

Census 4: 1930, Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois’ 5 ’ 

Children of WILLIAM EVERS and VIRGINIA LANCASTER are: 

77. i. JAMES BENJAMIN 5 EVERS, b. Aug 08, 1873, Illinois; d. Sep 27. 1957, Marion. 

Williamson County, Illinois. 

ii. CYNTHIA B. EVERS”'” 5 . b. 1876, Illinois”*; m. HARVI Y A. MORSE No\ 


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29, 1894, John E. Holt’s residence, Massac County, Illinois 2 ™’ 2 " 9 ; b. Abt. 1866, 
Massac County, Illinois. 


More About CYNTHIA B. EVERS: 

Census: 1880, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 29 " 

78. iii. ELIJAH NATHAN EVERS, b. Sep 19, 1880, Boaz, Johnson County, Illinois; d. 

May 09, 1938, Johnson County, Illinois. 

Children of WILLIAM EVERS and AMANDA JAYNES are: 

iv. WILLIAM CLARENCE 5 EVERS 29 ', b. Aug 25, 1 886, Illinois" 2 . 


79. 


80. 


Name 2: Clarence Evers 2 ' 22 

Census I: 1900, Belknap. Johnson County, Illinois 2 ' 22 
Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 222 

v. HARRY CHESTER EVERS, b. Aug 03, 1888, Boaz. Illinois; d. Jan 1967. 

vi. DESSIE MABEL EVERS 2 ' 2229 *, b. Feb 12, 1890, Massac County, Illinois 2 ' 2729 ". 
Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 299 

Residence: 1910, Belknap, Johnson, Illinois 9 "" 

vii. GEORGIA ANNE EVERS 9 "'’ 9 " 2 , b. Dec 20, 1891, Illinois 9 " 2 ’ 9 " 9 . 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 " 2 
Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 "* 

viii. LEWIS FRANKLIN EVERS 9 "*, b. Aug 12, 1896, Belknap, Johnson County, 
Illinois 9 "" m. Ada about 1918. 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 "" 

Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 " 9 

Census 3: 1930, Chicago. Cook County, Illinois (Family-Ada(wife), Beverly (4 yr. 
Dau), Lewis, Jr. and William (4yr old son and 7/12 yr old son). 

Occupation: Sears Roebuck, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 
Occupation: 1930, Coffee Salesman 
WWI Draft Registration: Chicago, Illinois 
WWII Draft Registration: Chicago, Illinois 

ix. RAY MARSHALL EVERS, b. Jan 01, 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois. 

x. EDITH GAYNELL EVERS, b. Aug 03, 1902, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois 9 '"; 
d. Sep 23, 1999, Johnson County, Illinois 9 '". 

Census 1: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 " 

Census 2: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 9 ' 2 

xi. IOLA CHLORE EVERS 9 ' 29 ' 9 , b. Jan 24, 1908, Johnson County, Illinois 9 ' 5 . 

Census 1: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 '* 

Census 2: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 9 ' 7 


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25. Nancy Caroline 5 Pettit ( Jane* Evers , Ja mes Robert*, William \ 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) 4 ' 8 was born Abt. 1857 in Illinois. She married ( 1 ) GEORGE A. 
PHILLIPS Mar 19, 1871 in Pulaski County, Illinois'" 9 . She married (2) ANDREW 
JACKSON Ragle 0 ' Jan 19, 1879 in Fayette County, Illinois. 

More About NANCY CAROLINE PETTIT: 

Census 1: 1860, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1870, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 

Child of Nancy Pettit and Andrew Ragle is: 

81. i. ELLA MAY 6 RAGLE, b. Mar 1882. Illinois. 


26. Cicero Augustus 5 Thrasher ( Jane 4 Evers, James Robert 3 , William-. 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS ) 421 was born Oct 1871, and died 1958 in Dunklin County, 
Missouri. He married JULIA GRIMES Dec 30, 1888 in Pulaski County, Illinois 0 '. 
She was bom 1872 in McCracken County, Kentucky, and died Feb 12, 1917 in 
Dunklin County, Missouri. 

More About CICERO AUGUSTUS THRASHER: 

Burial: 1958, Lloyd Cemetery, Holcomb, Missouri 
Namesake: 1871, Uncle Volney Cicero Evers 

Children of CICERO THRASHER and JULIA GRIMES are: 

82. i. LOUIE 6 THRASHER, b. Mar 16, 1891, Illinois; d. Oct 23, 1964. 

ii. ELLA THRASHER, b. Oct 1 894. 

iii. ETTA THRASHER, b. Jun 22, 1 897, Rector, Clay County, Arkansas; d. Jun 02, 
1991, Kennett. Dunklin County, Missouri; m. MELVIN TROUT; b. Jul 24, 1 896; d 
Nov 10, 1959. 

iv. MAUDE THRASHER, b. Jan 1900; m. VIRGIL CALER. 

v. LIZZIE THRASHER, b. Abt. 1903; m. WILL CHAMPMAN. 

vi. PEARLIE THRASHER, b. Aug 24, 1906, Greenvvay, Clay County, Arkansas; d. 
Mar 31. 1993, Sikeston, Missouri. 

vii. EFFIE THRASHER, b. Abt. 1908, Haywood, Clay County, Arkansas; m. CHARI Y 
KIRBY. 

viii. EVA THRASHER 0 , m. DENNIS MILLER 0 , Nov 30, 1927, Kennett. Dunklin 
County, Missouri 0 . 


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27. Oliver Perry 5 Thrasher (Jane* Evers, James Robert, William 2 , 
Phillip 1 E AVERS) was bom Jim 10, 1873. He married (1) ROSELLA CHUMLEY. 
He married (2) GEORGE ANNA SNEED Jan 11, 1894 in Pulaski County, Illinois 725 , 
daughter of GEORGE SNEED and LAURA FEREKER. She was bom Jan 1879 in 
Pulaski County, Illinois. 

Child of Oliver Thrasher and George Sneed is: 
i. VIRGIE 6 THRASHER, b. Jan 1896. 


28. Minnie L. 5 Evers (William w.\ James Robert, William 2 , Phillip 1 
EA VERS) was bom Jul 15, 1874 in Pulaski County, Illinois, and died Oct 24, 1946 
in Los Angeles, California 726 . She married FRANK W. PHELPS Jan 28, 1896 in 
Dexter, Stoddard County, Missouri 727 . He was bom Apr 1872 in Illinois 72 *, and 
died Bef. 1930. 

Notes for MINNIE L. EVERS: 

Census 1: 1880, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 729 
Census 2: 1900, Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois 
Census 3: 1910, Seattle, King County, Washington 
Census 4: 1920, Seattle, King County, Washington 

Census 5: 1930, Seattle, King County, Washington, Minnie is listed as a widow 
Occupation: 1930, operator in a ?Confect store. 

More About FRANK W. PHELPS: 

Name 2: A. C. Jr. Phelps 720 

Census 1: 1900, Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois 727 
Census 2: 1910, Seattle, King County, Washington 722 
Census 3: 1920, Seattle, King County, Washington 722 
Occupation: 1900, Railroad Brakeman 727 

Marriage Notes for MINNIE EVERS and FRANK PHELPS: 

On the marriage certificate, both listed that they were residents of Cairo, 
Alexander County, Illinois. Frank’s name was A. F/O? Phelps, Jr. 


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Children of MINNIE EVERS and FRANK PHELPS are: 

i. LAVAN1A F. 6 PHELPS"- 5 , b. Jun 1895, Oklahoma. 

Census: 1910, Seattle Ward 3. King County. Washington'" 

ii. JEMINGS T. PHELPS"', b. Abt. 1902, Illinois. 

Census: 1910, Seattle Ward 3. King County. Washington'" 

iii. DOROTHY L. PHELPS"’ 5 , b. Abt. 1905, Illinois. 

Census: 1910, Seattle Ward 3, King County, Washington'" 

iv. ARNET1A L. PHELPS"- 5 , b. Abt. 1906, Texas. 

Census: 1910, Seattle Ward 3, King County, Washington'" 

v. CLIFTON C. PHELPS" r ', b. Abt. 1907, Washington. 
Census: 1920, Seattle, King County, Washington"* 


29. Ernest Paul 5 Evers (Volney Cicero*, James Robert 1 , William 1 , 

PHILLIP 1 Eavers) was bom Sep 12, 1874 in Villa Ridge, Pulaski County, Illinois, 
and died Jul 22, 1945 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California 45 . He 
married (1) MARY JUANITA POPHAM. She was born Sep 13, 1888 in Louisville, 
Jefferson County, Kentucky’' 55 , and died May 30, 1988 in Livermore, Alameda 
County, California’' 59 . He married (2) MARTHA // Abt. 1 898 440 . She was born Abt. 
1872 in Indiana 440 . 

Notes for ERNEST PAUL EVERS: 

Ernest was found in Spokane, Washington as a clerk in the city directory of 1890. 
In Ernest’s father’ death obit, listed Ernest living in Los Angeles, California. 
Found Ernest Paul Evers in the California Death Index with mother’s maiden 
name as Hoopwa, so I accepted this as Volney’s son. “Search for a Grave" 
website listed a Ernest Evers with the same DOB and DOD, this Ernest was a film 
actor and appeared in “The Victim” (1915), “A Game of Life” (1914), and “ The 
Jungle” (1914). Bio was by Kristian T. Peterson 

More About ERNEST PAUL EVERS: 

Burial: Jul 1945, Chapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, Los Angeles 
County, California 

Census 1: 1880, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois 41 " 

Census 2: 1900, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 445 

Census 3: 1920, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California" ’ 

Census 4: 1930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California 744 


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Occupation 1: 1900, Collector for Railroad"' 1 ' 5 
Occupation 2: Bet. 1914- 1915, Film Actor 

Occupation 3: 1915, Actor/film writer He appeared in 15 silent films and wrote 1 

film 

Occupation 4: 1930, Toy Manufacturer 776 

More About MARY JUANITA POPHAM: 

Name 2: Juanita M. Evers 777 
SSN issued: California 77 ’ 

More About MARTHA //: 

Census: 1900, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 775 

Child of Ernest Evers and Mary popham is: 

83. i. RING WALLACE 6 EVERS, b. Dec 16, 1914, Arizona; d. Apr 26, 1988, Livermore, 
Alameda County, California. 


30 . ARTHUR ST. CLAIR 5 EVERS (VOLNEY CICERO 4 , JAMES ROBERT 3 , WILLIAM 2 , 
PHILLIP 1 Eavers) was bom Aug 07, 1877 in Illinois, and died Jun 16, 1943 in Los 
Angeles, California 779750 . He married ELEANOR WISDOM Abt. 1906, daughter of 
WILLIAM A WISDOM. She was born Mar 1889 in New York. 

Notes for ARTHUR ST. CLAIR EVERS: 

Arthur listed his birth in 1879 which is in error as his sister, Virginia, was born in 
that year and I have a copy of her birth certificate. 

Date bom 2: Sep 07, 1879, Paducah, Kentucky 1 * 5 ' 

Census 1: 1900, St Louis Ward 4, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri 7 -’ 7 
Census 2: 1880, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois 755 
Census 3: 1910, Brooklyn Ward 23, Kings, New York 757 

Census 4: Bet. 1910 - 1920, New York, Brooklyn, Kings District with mother-in- 
law 

Occupation 1: 1910, Actor as listed on 1910 Census 
Occupation 2: 1920, Watchman at Factory per 1920 Census 
Residence: 1942, Brooklyn, New York 755 
More About ELEANOR WISDOM: 


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Census 1: 1900, Brooklyn Ward 23, Kings County, New York' 5 * 

Census 2: 1910, Brooklyn Ward 23, Kings County, New York 757 
Census 3: Bet. 1910 - 1920, living with husband in mother’s house. 

Child of Arthur Evers and Eleanor Wisdom is: 

i. ELEANOR'’ EVERS, b. Abt. 1915, Brooklyn, New York; m. // SUPIN. 

William listed his daughter has Eleanor Supin as a contact person on his US WWII 
Draft Registration Card. She was living in Brooklyn. NY. 

Census I: 1920. Kings District, Brooklyn. New York v ' v 

Census 2; 1930, Brooklyn. Kings, New York with her Aunt Lillian Wisdom'’ 


31. Virginia Cicero 5 Evers (Volney Cicero 4 , James Roberta William 1 , 
PHILLIP 1 Eavers) 460 was bom Aug 06, 1879 in Joppa, Massac County, Illinois’" 5 ', 
and died May 23, 1969 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri’" 5 -. She married 
DAVID McFarland’" 55 ’" 5 ’ 7 ’' 65 Oct 25, 1898 in Jackson, Jackson County, MO’" 5 ' 5 , 
son of James McFarland and Caroline Houser. He was bom May 14, 1 873 
in Butler, Missouri 76 ’, and died Apr 15, 1950 in Kansas City, Jackson County, 
Missouri 767 . 

Notes for VIRGINIA CICERO EVERS: 

1930 Census listed Virginia as being 46 years old, in which she should had been 
50 years old. Also SSDI listed her DOB as August 6, 1880 which is 1 year later. 

KANSAS CITY STAR OBIT MAY 24, 1969 - MRS VIRGINIA C. 
McFarland 

Mrs. Virginia C. McFarland of 2681 Kensington, died yesterday at the home. 

She was bom in Joppa, 111., and had lived most of her life. Mrs. McFarland was 
a member of the College Heights Methodist church. Surviving are a son. Gene 
E. McFarland, 2644 the Paseo; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Sobbe ol the home; a 
grandchild, and two great-grandchildren. 

KANSAS CITY STAR FUNERAL NOTICE MAY 24, 1969 - MCFARL AND, 
MRS. VIRGINIA C. of 2681 of Kensington, passed away May 23rd. 1969. 
Services 1 :30 p.m. Monday in the chapel MAIN A1 L1NWOOD. Interment 
Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel alter 4 p.m. Sunday. 
MELLODY-McGILLEY-EYLAR MAIN AT LINWOOD 


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Burial: May 26, 1969, Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, 
Missouri 

Census 1: 1880, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois'' 65 

Census 2: Apr 19, 1910, Bell Ave., 20 Ward, St. Louis County, St. Louis, 

Missouri 767 

Census 3: Jan 16, 1920, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri 770 
Census 4: Apr 02, 1930, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri 777 
Social Security Number: Issued in Missouri 777 

Notes for DAVID MCFARLAND: 

WW I Registration listed David as Short with Blue eyes and Dark hair. 

Burial: Apr 17, 1950, Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, 
Missouri 775 

Cause of Death: Aterio Macular Hemmorrhage 1 day due to Hypertension and 
Arterio Sclerosis 7 ’ 5 

Census 1: Apr 19, 1910, Bell Ave., 20 Ward, St. Louis County, St. Louis, 
Missouri 777 

Census 2: Jan 16, 1920, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri 775 

Census 3: 1930, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri 776 

Medical Information: Informant was Mrs. Virginia C. McFarland, his wife. 

Occupation 1: 1920, Painter per 1920 Census 777 

Occupation 2: 1930, Furniture Finisher per 1930 Census 7 " 5 

Occupation 3: Bet. 1930 - 1945, Gene McFarland Co., his son’s company 7 ™ 

WW I Draft Registration: Sep 19, 1918, Registered as Telegrapher in Kansas City, 
Missouri 750 

Children of Virginia Evers and David McFarland are: 

i. EUGENE EVERS 6 MCFARLAND, b. Sep 14, 1899, St. Louis, Missouri; d. Apr 07, 
1988. Menorha Medical Center, Kansas City, MO 481 ; m. CATHERINE MERRILL. 

Notes for EUGENE EVERS MCFARLAND: 

KANSAS CITY, MO TIMES-STAR OBIT MAY 8TH, 1988 - GENE E. 
McFarland 

Gene E. McFarland, 88, Southwest Kansas City, former owner of Gene McFarland 
Interiors, died April 7, 1988, at Menorah Medical Center. 

Mr. McFarland founded the furniture and interior decorating business, now known 
as Madden-McFarland Interiors, in 1920. He sold the business in 1980. He 


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sponsored and was a member of the first soccer teams in Kansas City. He was 
a charter member of the Blue Hills Country Club and a member of the Kansas 
City Club and the Kansas City Senior Golf Association. He was a member of the 
Christ the King Catholic Church, Kansas City. He was a lifelong Kansas City 
resident. Survivors include his wife. Catherine Merrill McFarland of the home: five 
grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at 
the church; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City. Friends may call from 
6 to 8 p.m. at the McGilley Midtown Guardian Chapel, where prayer services will 
be at 7 p.m. The family suggest contributions to the church or to the Little Sisters of 
the Poor. 

Burial: Apr 09. 1988, Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County. 
Missouri 

Census I: Apr 19, 1910, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri""'* 

Census 2: Jan 16, 1920, Kansas City. Jackson County, Missouri 710 ' 

Census 3; 1930, Kansas City. Jackson County, Missouri listed as divorced. 

WW I Draft Registration: Bet. 191 7 - 1918. Tall, medium build, blue eyes & brown 
hair"* 7 

VIRGINIA LENORA MCFARLAND" 3 , b. Feb 28, 1905. St. Louis. Missouri; 
d. Nov 14, 1977, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri" 7 ’; m. JOSEPH L. 
SOBBE" 7 , Nov 03, 1947, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri"': b. Jun 09. 

1902. Kansas"*; d. Apr 20, 1985, Santa Clara, California. 

Notes for VIRGINIA LENORA MCFARLAND: 

KANSAS CITY TIMES-STAR OBIT NOVEMBER 15. 1977 - MRS. JOSEPH L. 
SOBBE 

Mrs. Virginia L. Sobbe, 72, of 26 1 8 Kensington, died Monday after apparently 
suffering a heart attack in the office of her doctor. 1515 Truman Road. 

Independence. She was born in St. Louis and had lived here 65 years. Mrs. 

Sobbe leaves her husband, Joseph L. Sobbe of the home and a brother. Eugene E. 
McFarland, 819 Greenway Terrace. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the 
Stine & McClure Chapel; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Kansas City. Friends 
may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the chapel. 

Burial: Nov 16. 1977. Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City. Jackson County. 
Missouri 

Census 1: Apr 19, 1910. St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri" 7 
Census 2: Jan 16, 1920. Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri" 

More About JOSEPH L. SOBBE: 

Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County. Missouri 
Census: 1920, Kansas City W'ard 14, Jackson. Missouri’ 

JAMES VERNON MCFARLAND 7 ", b. Oct 31, 1906. St. Louis. Missouri; d. Aug 
20. 1959, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; m. Mil DREI) JOSE PI UNI 


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RAGAN, Jun 25, 1928, Giathe, Kansas; b. Mar 27, 1909, Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma; d. Sep 07, ! 997, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. 
Name 2: Vernon McFarland^ 

Census 1 : Apr 19, 1910, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri’' 91 * 

Census 2: Jan 16, 1920, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri'’' 95 


32. KITTIE .MAJEL 5 EVERS (VOLNEY CICERO*, JAMES ROBERT, WILLIAM 2 , 
PHILLIP ! E AVERS) 496 was born Dec 14, 1893 in Walla Walla, Spokane County, 
Washington, and died Jun 11, 1967 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California^ 97 . 
She married HUBERT CHARLES DUNLOP Nov 10, 1.919 in Seattle, King County, 
Washington^ 95 . He was bom Feb 05, 1884 in Minnesota. 

Notes for KITTIE MAJEL EVERS: 

Funeral Notice - Santa Ana Registry - June 12, 1967, p. D6 
Dunlop, Majel E., 74, at 329 Park Avenue, Lone Beach, passed away Sunday, 
June 1 1th. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Majel Kerr, Orange, Mrs. 
Jasmyn Warren, Canoga Park, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, also a 
brother Volney Page Evers, Seattle, and many friends. She was an active member 
of the Grace Methodist Church of Long Beach and of the Calif. Real Estate 
Board. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Fairhaven 
Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Ralph W. Shannon Funeral Service in charge. 

Census 1: 1905, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas 
Census 2: Apr 15, 1910, Seattle, King County, Washington 
Census 3: 1920, Seattle, King County, Washington 
Census 4: 1930, Seattle, King County', Washington 
SSN issued: Washington 

More About HUBERT CHARLES DUNLOP: 

Census: Apr 07, 1930, Seattle, King County, Washington. 

Occupation: 1930, Salesman for Wholesale Groceries 

Marriage Notes for KITTIE EVERS and HUBERT DUNLOP: 

Kittie and Hubert were married by J.M. Cause, M.E. Minister and their witnesses 
were Mrs. V.C. Evers and Mrs. A.F. Dunlop. The marriage ceremony took place 
at the house of the bride. 


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Children of KITTIE EVERS and HUBERT DUNEOP are: 

84. i. MAJEL JO\ CE° DLINLOP, b. Mar 19, 1921, Washington; d. Nov 21. 1995. 
Alameda County, California. 

ii. JASMYN DUNLOP, b. 1928; m. (1 ) ROBERT A. WARREN, Jul 10. 1964. Los 
Angeles, Los Angeles County, California'" 4 ’; b. Abt. 1930; m. (2) ROBERT C. 
HAMILTON, Apr 18, 1969, Los Angeles. Los Anceles County, California” 7 ; b. Abt. 
1933. 

Census: 1930, Seattle, King County, Washington 

More About ROBERT WARREN and JASMYN DUNLOP: 

Divorce: Nov 1967, Los Angeles City, California 

More About ROBERT HAMILTON and JASMYN DUNLOP; 

Divorce: Oct 22, 1980, Los Angeles. California 


33. JOHN WESLEY 5 GREEN (MARY JANE* EVERS. JOHN ALEXANDER-, WILLIAM 1 . 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was bom Dec 1848 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died Jun 
26, 1915 in Jefferson County, Kentucky 500 . He married MARY F. GAUGH Mar 28 
1 874 in Graves County, Kentucky 5 " 7 . She was bom Oct 1854 in Graves County, 
Kentucky 502 , and died 1933 in Graves County, Kentucky. 

More About JOHN WESLEY GREEN: 

Census 1: Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

More About MARY F. GAUGH: 

Census: Jun 01, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 502 

Children of JOHN GREEN and MARY GAUGH are: 

i. NORA 0 GREEN, b. Oct 1 895. Kentucky. 

ii. ETHEL GREEN, b. Jan 1 878, Kentucky; m. ORIS/AR1S J. JAMES. Abt. 1899; b. 
Apr 1 874, Kentucky. 

More About ORIS/AR1S J. JAMES: 

Census: Jun 01, 1900, Living with in-laws in Graves County. Kentucky 

iii. HUBERT GREEN. 


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iv. DOLA GREEN, b. Oct 1 883. 

v. BESSIE GREEN. 

vi. DAISY A. GREEN, b. Dec 1 887. Kentucky. 

vii. JESSE R GREEN, b. Mar 1880, Kentucky. 

viii. MARY B GREEN, b. Nov 1 885, Kentucky. 

ix. JOHNNIE H GREEN, b. Jul 1891, Kentucky. 

x. RAYMOND GREEN, b. Sep 1 893, Kentucky. 

xi. ORA GREEN, b. Oct 1 895, Kentucky. 


34. Caroline E. 5 Green (Mary Jane 4 Evers, John Alexander 3 , William 2 , 
PHILLIP 1 Eavers) was bom Nov 12, 1850 in Graves County, Kentucky 503 , 
and died Jul 28, 1930 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 503 . She married 
WARREN J Elliott Abt. 1874. He was bom Dec 1846 in Kentucky. 

More About CAROLINE E. GREEN: 

Burial: Jul 30, 1930, Wichita, Kansas 003 

Cause of Death: Hypostatic pneumonia for 2 days due to Fractured Femur for 1 
month, 10 days 503 

Census 1: Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Sep 22, 1 870, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 3: Jun 1880, Conway, Sumner County, Kansas 507 
Census 4: Mar 01, 1888, Dodge City, Kansas 505 

Census 5: Apr 23, 1930, Living with her brother, Grant and his stepson in 
Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 506 

Medical Information: Caroline was widowed at the time of her death. 

More About WARREN J ELLIOTT: 

Census 1 : Jun 1 880, Conway, Sumner County, Kansas 507 

Census 2: Jun 14, 1900, South McAlester, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory 

(Oklahoma) 505 

Census 3: Apr 21, 1910, South McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma 009 
Census 4: Jan 1920, Wichita City, Sedgwick County, Kansas 570 
Occupation 1: Jun 1880, Minister of the Gospel 577 
Occupation 2: Bet. 1900 - 1920, Real Estate Clerk 072 

Child of Caroline Green and Warren Elliott is: 


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i. JAMES'’ ELLIOTT, b. Abt. 1869, Missouri' 7 '. 

Census: Jun 1880, Conway, Sumner County. Kansas 


35. Emma z- Green (Mary Jane* Evers , John Alexander 2 , William \ 

PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was bom Apr 14, 1866 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died 
Mar 02, 1 947 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. She married ( 1 ) ARTHUR 
Adams, son of James Adams and Margaret Coreulison. He was born Mar 
22, 1877 in Kenton, Kentucky 577 , and died Mar 21, 1942 in Lexington, Fayette 
County, Kentucky- 57 ''. She married (2) BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ADAMS Abt. 1886, 
son of John Adams and Mary Patterson. He was born Apr 09, 1861 in 
Kentucky, and died Apr 30, 1944 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 577 . 

Notes for EMMA Z GREEN: 

In the 1900 Census, Emma stated that she had 3 living children of 4 that she born. 
Burial: Mar 04, 1947, Green’s Chapel Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Cause of Death: Bronchial Pneumonia for 3 days due to Cerebral Hemorrhage for 
3 weeks 577 

Medical Information: Informant was Loren Adams. Emma was a widow at the 
time of her death. 

More About ARTHUR ADAMS: 

Burial: Mar 23, 1942, Hill Crest Cemetery 
Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusions 
Medical Information: Informant was Mrs. Emma G. Adams 
Occupation: Auto Mechanic 

More About BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ADAMS: 

Burial: May 1944, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, aka Greenville Cemetery, Graves 

County, Kentucky 

Cause of Death: ??Bronchitis 5/7 

Census: Jun 20, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky’ 7 ’ 

Medical Information: Informant was Loren Adams (Son). 

Occupation: Farmer 

Children of EMMA GREEN and BENJAMIN ADAMS are: 


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i. JOHN B ( ’ ADAMS, b. Sep ! 886, Kentucky. 

ii. CORRIE ADAMS, b. Sep 1 888, Kentucky. 

iii. LORAN ADAMS, b. Sep 1 896, Kentucky. 


36. George Washington 5 Boaz ( Martha 4 Evers, John Alexander?, 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Sep 13, 1854 in Kentucky, and died Apr 
21,1877. He married SAL LIE DAVIDSON. 

More About GEORGE WASHINGTON BOAZ: 

Census 1 : Aug 1 8, 1 860, Graves County, Kentucky 57 * 

Census 2: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Burial: Apr 1877, Little Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Children of GEORGE BOAZ and SALLIE DAVIDSON are: 

i. WALTER 6 BOAZ, b. 1874. 

86. ii. EDNA BOAZ, b. Feb 01, 1876, McCracken County, Kentucky; d. Feb 04, 1974. 


37. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 5 BOAZ ( MARTHA 4 EVERS, JOHN ALEXANDER 2 , 

WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Apr 13, 1856 in Kentucky, and died Oct 
31, 1948 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 577 . He married SUSAN FRANCES 
NALL Dec 18, 1879 in Graves County, Kentucky. She was bom Aug 18, 1860 in 
Tennessee, and died Sep 04, 1942 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 575 . 

More About BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BOAZ: 

Burial: Nov 01, 1948, Maplewood Cemetery, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage due to Senility & Arteriosclerosis 579 

Census 1: Aug 18, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky^ 20 

Census 2: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 3: Apr 22, 1910, Graves County, Kentucky 527 

Census 4: Jan 20, 1920, Nichols School House District, Graves County, 

Kentucky 522 

Medical Information: Informant was Charlie Boaz from Mayfield, Kentucky. 
Occupation 1 : Merchant 
Occupation 2: 1930, Paint Salesman 


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More About SUSAN FRANCES NALL: 

Burial: Sep 05, 1942, Maplewood Cemetery, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucks 

Children of BENJAMIN BOAZ and SUSAN NALL are: 

i. PEARL 6 BOAZ, b. Abt. 1891, Kentucky. 

ii. HOWARD BOAZ. b. Abt. 1893, Kentucky. 

87. iii. NANNIE MAY BOAZ, b. Abt. 1900, Kentucky, 
iv. MILDRED BOAZ, b. Abt. 1902, Kentucky. 

38. LINN BOYD 5 BOAZ ( MARTHA 4 EVERS, J0H\ALEXAXDER\ WILLIAM 1 , PHILLIP 1 
EaverS) 513 was bom Feb 07, 1858 in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, and 
died 1902. He married LYDIA A. DOUGLAS Feb 24, 1 88 1 , daughter of JAMES 
DOUGLAS and CAROLINE PETTIT. She was bom Abt. 1864 in Massac County, 
Illinois, and died 1915. 

More About LINN BOYD BOAZ: 

Census 1 : Aug 18, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 3: Jun 08, 1900, Stark Township, Bradford County, Florida 5 * - ' 

Occupation: Jun 08, 1900, Clerk 

Marriage Notes for LINN BOAZ and LYDIA DOUGLAS: 

Reference: Diary of Linn Boaz 

“Thursday, February 24, 1881 as the soul starting point in life, married Miss Lydia 
Douglas. Married at her fathers, J.C. Douglas. There was a large crowd there 
who wished us much joy and a happy life. Married at 7 o'clock by candle light. 
The searmoney (ceremony) was said by James A. L. Evers, Had four waiters who 
were: Miss Ella COPLAND and Jacob Miller, and Miss Amanda WEST and 
William E. LACY. Candle holders were Miss Maggie L. COPLAND and John 
BOAZ. After the ceremony, we had a singing led by Mr. Robert ALEXANDER." 

Children of LINN BOAZ and LYDIA DOUGLAS are: 

i. LEONARD AUGUSTUS 6 BOAZ, b. Jun 08. 1882, Massac County. Illinois: d. Jun 
06, 1883, Massac County, Illinois. 

Burial: Jun 1883, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

88. ii. EFF1E AGNESS BOAZ, b. Jun 30, 1 884, Road District # 4. Massac County. 

Illinois: d. Mar 1 7, 1 970. 

iii. ORVILLE LINN BOAZ-'A b. Dec 07, 1886, Boa/, Massac County. Illinois; d. Jan 


1968, Duval County, Florida 526 ; m. ALICE GIBBONS 5 - 7 ; b. Abt. 1904, Kentucky. 
Notes for ORVILLE LINN BOAZ: 

According to WW1 draft registration, Orville had grey eyes and chestnut colored 
hair. 

Census 1 : Jun 08, 1900, Stark, Bradford County, Florida 52,9 
Census 2: 1910, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado 529 
Census 3: 1930, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky 559 

Occupation: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Cable Tester-Cincinnati Surb. Telephone Office 557 
Residence: Jan 1968, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, Florida 

More About ALICE GIBBONS: 

Census l : Jan 22, 1920. Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky 552 
Census 2: Apr 08, 1930, Ashland, Boyd County. Kentucky living with parents 555 
iv. TRESS1E M. BOAZ, b. Sep 1890, Boaz, Massac County, Illinois. 

Census: Jun 08, 1900, Stark, Bradford County, Florida 552 
89. v. DELBERT JOHN BOAZ, b. Sep 05, 1892, Boaz, Massac County, Illinois; d. Jan 28, 
1958, Duval County, Florida. 


39. Thomas Dick 5 Boaz (Martha* Evers, John Alexander 3 , William 2 , 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS ) 535 was bom May 25, 1861 in Graves County, Kentucky 5 - 56 , and 
died Nov 08, 1919 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. He married LUCY 
BROWN BELOTE, daughter of JOSEPH BELOTE and OPHELIA GARNETT. She was 
bom Jul 12, 1870 in Kentucky, and died Feb 22, 1950 in Fuller-Gillian Hospital, 
Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 557 . 

More About THOMAS DICK BOAZ; 

Burial; Nov 09, 1919, Maplewood Cemetery, Mayfield, Graves County, 
Kentucky 555 

Cause of Death: Tumor of the Brain for 1 year 555 
Census 1: 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 2; Jun 15, 1880, Housemans District, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 3: 1900, Dublin, Graves, Kentucky 559 

Medical Information: Informant on Death Certificate was D.J. Boaz, Mayfield, 
Kentucky 

Occupation: 1918, Post Office Clerk 550 
More About LUCY BROWN BELOTE: 


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Burial: Feb 24, 1950, Maplewood Cemetery, Mayfield, Graves County, 
Kentucky 51 " 

Cause of Death: Encephalitis & Post Influenzae 10 weeks 

Funeral: Feb 24, 1950, Byrn Funeral Horne, Mayfield. Graves County, 

Kentucky 

Residence: 1900, Dublin, Graves, Kentucky- 51 '-’ 

Children of THOMAS BOAZ and LUCY BELOTE are: 

90. i. LURA 6 BOAZ, b. Nov 15, 1890, Kentucky; d. Mar 10. 1981. Monterey, California. 

ii. LALA BOAZ- 1 ' 5 , b. Jan 1 896, Kentucky- 5 "'- . 

Census: 1900, Dublin. Graves, Kentucky’' 5 

iii. JOSEPH NOBLE BOAZ 1 ' 5 , b. Aug 07, 1899, Kentucky 1 ' 5 ; d. Aug 1972, 
Washington, District of Columbia. District of Columbia, United States of 
America"'. 

Noble was described as tall, slender, grey eyes and dark hair on his WWI draft card. 
Census; 1900, Dublin. Graves, Kentucky 5 ' 5 
SSN issued: District of Columbia 5 "’ 

WW I Draft Registration: Sep 12, 1918. St. Louis, Missouri 

iv. THENTON D. BOAZ, b. Aug 25, 1904, Graves County. Kentucky 5 " 5 ; d. Jan 07. 
1993, Pinehurst, Moore County, North Carolina 1 "’. 

Muster Date: Dec 1 932 
Rank: Lieutenant 

Station: Headquarters And Headquarters Company. 4th Marines, MCEF. Shanghai. 
China 

Residence: 1910, Magisterial District 5, Graves, Kentucky" 

SSN issued: Kentucky 5 '* 


40 . JOHN DAVID EVERS 5 BOAZ (MARTHA 4 EVERS, JOHN ALEXANDER’, 
WILLIAMS, PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) 549 was bom Jan 26, 1867 in Kentucky, and 
died Dec 23, 1943 in Salem, Marion County, Illinois. He married ANNE 1 1 E 
JANE GARDNER 1900 in Union City, Obion County, Tennessee 55 ", daughter of 
WILLIAM GARDNER . She was born Mar 1877 in Tennessee, and died 1942. 
They were divorced before 1930. 

More About JOHN DAVID EVERS BOAZ: 

Census 1 : 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 2: Jun 15, 1880, Housemans District, Graves County, Kentucky 


Census 3: Jun 20, 1900, Union City, Obion County, Tennessee 550 

Census 4: Apr 24, 1930, Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois as a Lodger 557 and 

married. 

Occupation 1: 1900, School Teacher 532 

Occupation 2: 1910, Worked for a typewriter company 

Occupation 3: 1930, Oil Salesman 555 

More About ANNETTE JANE GARDNER: 

Census: Apr 11, 1930, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 555 and divorced. 
Occupation: Apr 1 1, 1930, Clerk in a hotel 

Children of JOHN BOAZ and ANNETTE GARDNER are: 

i. KNOX G 6 BOAZ, b. Jan 06, 1902, Tennessee 33 - 5 ; d. May 1977, Arizona 333 . 
Occupation: 1930, Salesman for glove company 
SSN issued: Bef. 1951, Oklahoma 333 

91. ii. EVERS HARPER BOAZ, b. Aug 10, 1908, Union City, Tennessee: d. Mar 08, 
1983, Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

iii. RUTH BOAZ. b. Abt. 1912, Oklahoma. 

Census: Apr 1 1, 1930, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 33 ' 5 

iv. JOE BOAZ. b. 1917, Oklahoma. 

Census: Apr 1 1, 1930, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 33 ' 5 


41. Louisa Elizabeth 5 Copland (Delphia Caroline 4 Evers, John 
Alexander \ William 2 , Phillip [ Eavers) was born Nov 20, 1860 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Jun 30, 1929 in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois. She 
married THOMAS WILLIAM STARKS Dec 23, 1875 in Massac County, Illinois, son 
of JOHN H. Starks. He was born Nov 20, 1850 in Marshall County, Kentucky, 
and died Nov 1917. 

Notes for LOUISA ELIZABETH COPLAND: 

Obituary in “The Republican Herald” Wednesday, July 2, 1929 
Mrs. Louisa Elizabeth Starks, age 68, widow of the late Thomas W. Starks, died 
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.B. Trumbell, Charleston, Illinois, Sunday 
morning. The body was brought home in Salem district Monday morning. The 
funeral was held at Hillerman Christian church Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Starks 
was the daughter of the late Joshua Copeland, a pioneer settler and prominent 


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citizen of Hillerman precinct. She is survived by the following sons and 
daughters, namely: Howard, Garfield and Roxie and Mrs. E. Barrett of Massac 
County. 

Burial: Copland Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

More About THOMAS WILLIAM STARKS: 

Burial: Copland Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

Occupation: 1879, Farmer as listed on Wm. H. Starks’ Birth Certificate 

Children of LOUISA COPLAND and THOMAS STARKS are: 

i. JOHN A. 6 STARKS, b. Dec 0 1, 1 876. Marshall County. Kentucky: d. Aug 18. 1878. 

92. ii. WILLIAM HOWARD STARKS, b. Jul 25. 1879. Road District # 5, Massac County, 

Illinois: d. Mar 20, 1963, Massac County, Illinois. 

93. iii. HERBERT GARFIELD STARKS, b. Jul 21. 1883, Massac County Illinois: d. Dec 

22, 1963. 

94. iv. ROXY SHORT STARKS, b. Dec 31, 1883, Massac County, Illinois. 

95. v. DEPHIA PEARL STARKS, b. Jul 1 1, 1886, Rd District #5, Rt. 1, Grand Chain. 

Massac County, Illinois; d. May 20, 1953, Charleston, Coles County. Illinois. 

96. vi. ALMA MAR1AH STARKS, b. Mar 02, 1889, Rd District #4. Massac County, 

Illinois: d. Mar 03. 1979, Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis. Massac County. 
Illinois. 

vii. SOLLIE STARKS, b. Jul 15, 1893, Massac County, Illinois; d. Dec 13. 1894. 

97. viii. LILLIAN RUTH STARKS, b. Oct 24. 1895, Massac County. Illinois; d. Aug 30. 

1976. 

ix. ISHMAL FRED STARKS, b. Jul 12, 1 898, Massac County. Illinois; d. Sep 07, 

1899. 

x. EDNA STARKS, b. Jul 26, 1900, Massac County, Illinois; d. Dec 2 1, 1900. 

98. xi. SUSIE STARKS, b. Jan 08. 1902, Massac County, Illinois; d. Jun 16. 1987. 

Coldvvater, Branch County. Michigan. 

42. Ella Josephine 5 Copland (Delphia Caroline? Evers , Joh.x 
Alexander \ William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Aug 23, 1863 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Jan 20, 1943 in Massac County, Illinois. She married 
WILLIAM Green DOUGLAS Oct 24, 1886 in Massac County, Illinois. He was 
born Jan 1857 in Massac County, Illinois, and died Jan 20, 1909. 

More About WILLIAM GREEN DOUGLAS: 

Census: Jun 07, 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 
Occupation: Jun 07, 1900, Farmer on his farm" 


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Children of ELLA COPLAND and WILLIAM DOUGLAS are: 

EVA LEOTA 6 DOUGLAS, b. May 1887, Massac County, Illinois. 

AUBREY DOUGLAS, b. Nov 19, 1889, Rd. District # , Hillerman Precinct, Massac 
County, Illinois. 

CHARLES H. DOUGLAS, b. Dec 1891, Massac County, Illinois. 

CLAUDE C. DOUGLAS, b. Oct 1894, Massac County, Illinois. 

WILLIAM ARTHUR DOUGLAS, b. Ju! 07, 1895. Massac County, Illinois 558 . 
INFANT DOUGLAS, b. Sep 05, 1904. Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 558 ; d. 

Aug 07, 1905. 

JOHN FREDERICK DOUGLAS, b. Jul 31. 1906, Massac County, Illinois 558 . 


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43 . Margaret Leota 5 Copland (Delphia Caroline 4 Evers, John 
Alexander^ William 2 , Phillip ! E avers ) 559 was born Feb 03, 1867 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Nov 23, 1935 in Tulare County, California. She married 
WILLIAM Wesley Clark 559 May 13, 1888 in Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois. 
He was born Nov 18, 1853 in Brookport, Massac County, Illinois, and died Nov 
03, 1933 in Fresno, California. 

Notes for WILLIAM WESLEY CLARK: 

Funeral Notice - The Fresno Bee, Sunday, November 5, 1933, p.4B 
In Fresno, November 4th, 1933, William W. Clark, husband of Maggie L. Clark, 
father of Charles H. Clark, both of Fresno. Mrs. Ida Landon, Hanford and 
Mrs. Delphia Platzek of Oroville. A native of Illinois aged 79 years. Friends 
are invited to attend services Monday afternoon at 1 :00 o’clock in the funeral 
chapel of Stephens & Bean. Rev. H. C. Chamberlin will officiate. Internment in 
Belmont Memorial Park. 


Children of MARGARET COPLAND and WILLIAM CLARK are: 

102. i. IDA LENORE 6 CLARK, b. Sep 30, 1889, California; d. Dec 18, 1990, Martinez, 
Contra Costa County, California. 

ii. CHARLES H. CLARK, b. Jan 09, 1 892, Grand Chain. Illinois; m. MARY W 
CLARK 5 ™; b. 1 899, California 5 ™. In the 1930 Census, they had one son (Melbum 
Lee Clark) age nine. 

Notes for CHARLES H. CLARK: 


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Charles was described as tall, medium build, light gray eyes and dark hair coloring 
and single at this time. 

Census I: 1920, Selma, Fresno County, California’ 71 " 

Census 2: 1 930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California 
Occupation I: 1920, Electrician for Power Company 
Occupation 2: 1930, Lineman for Southern California Edison Company 
VVW I Draft Registration: Jun 05, 1917, Woodlake, Tulare County. California 

More About MARY W CLARK: 

Census: 1920. Selma, Fresno. California' 75 " 

103. iii. DELPHI A LAVINIA CLARK, b. May 0 1 , 1900, Tuolumne County, California: d. 
Jul 03, 1993. Butte. California. 


44 . Charles McPherson 5 Copland (Delphia Caroline 4 Evers, Joh.\ 
Alexanders William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Sep 18, 1869 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Sep 28, 1951 in Riverside Hospital, Paducah. 
McCracken County, Kentucky 56 ' 56 - 1 . He married ELLA ELIZABETH MANGUM 
Oct 08, 1893 in Massac County, Illinois 565 . She was born Abt. 1870 in Massac 
County, Illinois. 

Notes for CHARLES MCPHERSON COPLAND: 

The informant on Charles’ death certificate was Carl Copeland. 

Death Obit in Paducah Sun Democrat, Paducah, Kentucky on September 30, 1951 
page 9 

Charles M. Copland, 82, Dies at Joppa 

Charles M. Copland, 82, resident of Joppa, died Friday at 11:15 p.m. at Riv erside 
Hospital in Paducah. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ella Copland; a son, 

Carl Copland, Olney, Illinois, and two daughters, Mrs. John Hottell, Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Iva Smith, Brookport, Illinois. Funeral services will 
be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Joppa Methodist church, with the Rev. E.H. Hard, 
assisted by the Rev. Mr. Sanders, officiating. Burial will be in Lower Salem 
cemetery. Friends may call at Aikens Funeral Home, Metropolis, Illinois until 10 
a.m. Sunday, when it will be taken to the residence in Joppa. 

Burial: Oct 01, 1951, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia’ 6 '' 

Funeral: Oct 01, 1951, Own Residence, Joppa, Massac County, Illinois 


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Medical Information: Informant Carl Copeland, son. 

Occupation: 1951, Carpenter for 30 years 56 "' 

Children of CHARLES COPLAND and ELLA MANGUM are: 

i. ORIEN R. 6 COPLAND, b. Feb 04, 1 896; d. Mar 23, 1 896. 

Burial: Mar 1896, Lower Salem Methodist Church Cemetery, Massac County, 
Illinois 666 

ii. GLADYS MANGUM COPLAND, b. Aug 29, 1898, Hillerman, Massac County, 
Illinois; d. Jun 1984, Florida" 6 ' 5 ; m. JOHN ALEXANDER HOTTELL 667 , May 16, 
1917, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois; b. Mar 04, 1886, Harrison, Indiana 667 ; d. 
Jan 18, i960, Jefferson County, Kentucky*®. 

Notes for GLADYS MANGUM COPLAND: 

Delayed Record of Birth filed 2-17-1960 with the following documents/affidavits: 

1. Family Bible Record in the custody of Gladys Copland Hottell, residing in 
Louisville, Kentucky 

2. Record of Marriage May 16th, 1917 in Metropolis, Illinois. 

3. Affidavit from Uncle William Robert Mangum, residing in Bridgeport, Illinois 
SSN issued: Pennsylvania 

More About JOHN ALEXANDER HOTTELL: 

Census: Apr 10, 1930, Clariton City, Allegheny County', Pennsylvania 661 ' 
Occupation: Bet. 1920 - 1930, Captain on River Transportation 6 ® 

Residence: Allegheny, Pennsylvania 67 " 

iii. NELLIE COPLAND, b. Aug 09, 1905; d. Aug 09, 1905. 

Burial: Aug 1905, Lower Salem Methodist Church Cemetery, Massac County, 
Illinois 67 ' 

iv. CARL C COPLAND, b. Abt. 1903, Illinois. 

Census 1: 1920, Hilierman, Massac County, Illinois 67 - 7 
Census 2: 1930, Massac County, Illinois 676 

v. IVA ALBERTA COPLAND, b. Jul 15. 1 907, Illinois; d. Jan 20, 1961; m. 

BRUCE SMITH; b. Nov 06, 1909. 

Notes for IVA ALBERTA COPLAND: 

Iva was the 5th child born to Ella Mangum Copland, but the 3rd child alive at the 
time of her birth. Charles signed an affidavit November 24, 1944 for Iva's birth 
certificate. Charles was living in Joppa at this time. 

Census 1: 1920, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1930, Massac County, Illinois 
Burial: Jan 1961, Massac Memorial Gardens, Massac County 


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45. Cynthia Alice 5 Copland (Delphia Caroline 4 Evers , John Alexander', 
William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Jan 09, 1872 in Massac County, Illinois, 
and died Jul 05, 1960 in Massac County, Illinois. She married JAMES VllLTON 
BARNETT Jan 01 , 1 893 in Massac County, Illinois. He was bom Jan 3 1 , 1 870 in 
Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois, and died May 21, 1952. 

More About JAMES MILTON BARNETT: 

Census: Jan 06, 1920, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 
Occupation 1: Farmer as listed on child’s birth certificate 
Occupation 2: Jan 06, 1920, Farmer on his farm 5 ’ 7 

Children of CYNTHIA COPLAND and JAMES BARNETT are: 

i. MILTON DWIGHT 6 BARNETT, b. Dec 20. 1 893. Rd. District #4 (Boaz), 
Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois: d. Feb 03, 1972. 

Census: Jun 07, 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois’ -5 

ii. INFANT SON BARNETT, b. Apr 18. I 897. Massac County, Illinois: d. Apr 18. 
1897. 

iii. JAMES LESLIE BARNETT, b. Jan 20. 1899, Massac County, Illinois' d. Jan 28. 
1972. 

Census I : Jun 07, 1 900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 2: Jan 06, 1920, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois' 6 

iv. NELLIE BARNETT, b. May 30, 1904, Ark, Massac County, Illinois: d. Jul 30. 

1953. 

Census: Jan 06. 1920. Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois’' 6 

v. ROSA CAROLINE BARNETT, b. Feb 27, 1913. Massac County. Illinois; d. Jun 17. 
1970. 

Census: Jan 06, 1920. Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois' ' 


46. James Pryor 5 Evers (William Henry Warren 4 , John Alexander''. 
William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Nov 27, 1862 in Graves County, Kentucky, 
and died Feb 07, 1946 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He married LAURA CAROLINA REED 
Jan 13, 1884 in Pulaski County, Illinois 577 , daughter of PLEASANT GREEN REED. 
She was born May 09, 1 864 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died Mar 25, 1 892 
in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. 


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Notes for JAMES PRYOR EVERS: 

Mr. J.P. Evers 

The present city attorney, Mr. J.P. Evers, is one of our foremost young lawyers. 

He was born November 27, 1862 and reared on a farm. Advantages, such as were 
afforded in the county schools, served as a basis for his education superstructure. 
He taught school in Graves County in 1878. He then applied himself to the study 
of law and was admitted to the bar at Mayfield in 1887. In 1886 he formed a 
partnership with Hon. H.J. Moorman which continued some few years. He was 
elected in April, 1 893, to the office of city attorney of Mayfield for the short 
term caused by the change of the Constitution of Kentucky and was re-elected to 
the same office in November, 1893, for a term of four years, in which capacity 
he now officiates. Mr. Evers is a Christian gentleman and his religious faith is 
founded on the Methodist doctrine. He is the President of the Mayfield Epworth 
League. 

As a city official he is earnest and energetic in his work and has made the city an 
efficient and trusty officer and under his charge the law has been meted out justly 
to criminals and the interests of the city carefully watched. 

Death Obit - Tulsa, Oklahoma February 8, 1946 

James Evers Rites to Be in Kentucky- Former County Attorney, 83, Died Here 
Thursday Following Heart Attack 

Burial services for James P. Evers, 83, of 1919 South Wheeling Avenue, former 
county attorney, who died Thursday following a heart attack, will be conducted 
Sunday afternoon at Mayfield, Kentucky. Mowbray-Manning funeral home is 
in local charge. Funeral services were conducted here Friday by Dr. C.W. Kerr, 
pastor emeritus, First Presbyterian church, in the funeral chapel. Evers came here 
from Mayfield 45 years ago. He was active in bar circles, here for years serving 
first as assistant and then as county attorney. He was a 32nd degree Mason and 
member of the Methodist church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Vera Burradell, 
of the home; a son Dr. W.P. Evers of Wauseon, Ohio; two granddaughters, Mrs. 
Roger deJamette of the home, and Mrs. Earl Beard, Jr., 2296 East 19th Street. 
Burial: Feb 1946, Maplewood Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 575 
Census 1: 1910, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 2: Feb 06, 1920, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 
Deed: Oct 16, 1888, Bullock Addition, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky J " 9 


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Occupation: Bet. 1914- 1915, District County Attorney, Tulsa, Oklahoma 
Notes for LAURA CAROLINA REED: 

DOB was calculated from age at death. 27 years, 10 months & 16 days 
Burial: Mar 1892, Maplewood Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky-'*" 

Cause of Death: Consumption 

Marriage Notes for JAMES EVERS and LAURA REED: 

James and Laura were married by his uncle, James Albert LaFayette Evers in 
Pulaski County, Illinois 

Marriage 1: Jan 13, 1884, Pulaski County, Illinois 

Marriage 2: Jan 12, 1884, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky as listed in the 
LDS 

Children of JAMES EVERS and LAURA REED are: 

104. i. VERNA VALORA 6 EVERS, b. Oct 31, 1 884, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Ju I 17. 

1975, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. 

105. ii. WILLIAM PLEASANT VALENTINE EVERS, b. Jul 03, 1 886, Mayfield. Graves 

County, Kentucky; d. Feb 10. 1961. Wauseon. Fulton County, Ohio. 

iii. JAMES ALBERT EVERS, b. May 21, 1888. Graves Count}, Kentucky; d. Jun 05. 
1888. Graves County, Kentucky. 

Burial: Bolton Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky™ 7 

iv. MATTIE VERIA/VIVA EVERS, b. Jul 27, 1 890, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Jan 
18, 1891, Graves County, Kentucky. 

As per Laura Schultes, Mattie was referred to as Viva by her father. 


47. Susie William Johnson 5 Evers (William henry Warren \ Joh\ 
Alexanders William Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Nov 22, 1864 in Kentucky, 
and died Feb 23, 1936 in Graves County, Kentucky'*-. She married GEORGE 
KENDRICK FEEZOR Jan 3 1, 1884 in V. C. Hill’s Residence, Marshall County, 
Kentucky 555 , son of NATHAN FEEZOR and MARTHA WALLACE. He was born Oct 
09, 1857 in Graves County, Kentucky- 57 , and died Jan 29, 1915 in Graves County, 
Kentucky 555 . 

More About SUSIE WILLIAM JOHNSON EVERS: 

Burial: Feb 24, 1936, Bolton Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky "" " 


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Cause of Death: Pneumonia since Feb 20th, due to Broken Hip Feb 6th. 

Census 1: Jun 25, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky- 559 

Census 2: Jan 12, 1920, Housman, Graves County, Kentucky 590 

Census 3: Apr 09, 1930, Living with her daughter & family (Margaret/Raymond 

Boaz), Graves County, Kentucky 597 

Medical Information: Informant J Feezor, Herrin, Illinois 

Occupation: Jan 12, 1920, Manager of Own farm 592 

Notes for GEORGE KENDRICK FEEZOR: 

Conflict in DOB, as Death Certificate list it as October 9, 1857. 

Burial: Jan 31, 1915, Bolton Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 591 5U 595 
Cause of Death: Pneumonia for 26 days 595 
Census: Jun 25, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 596 

Medical Information: Informant was Edward Boaz, who was his physician. 
Nickname: Kinnie 
Occupation: 1857, Farmer 597 

Marriage Notes for SUSIE EVERS and GEORGE FEEZOR: 

The couple was married by Eld T.F. Harrison at V.C. Hill’s in Marshall County, 
Kentucky. Witnesses were G.H. Harrison, N.J. Feezor and Joel Barnes. Bride 
has the consent of her guardian, J.M. Hathcock in Symsonia, Kentucky. Book #3 
M/D V.C. was Susie’s stepfather. 


Children of SUSIE EVERS and GEORGE FEEZOR are: 

i. GREENVILLE 6 FEEZOR™, b. Feb 24, 1885, Kentucky; d. May 03, 1891. 

Burial; Bolton Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 

ii. WILLIAM N. FEEZOR, b. Apr 1 7, 1 887, Kentucky; d. Dec 29, 1 888. 

Burial; Bolton Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky™ 

iii. GROVER OSWELL FEEZOR, b. Feb 14, 1889, Graves County, Kentucky; d. Jan 
17, 1975, McCracken County, Kentucky. 

iv. JAMES THOMAS FEEZOR, b. Sep 22, 1 894, Kentucky; d. Nov 22, 1 976. 

v. ANNIE MAE FEEZOR, b. Aug 29, 1 896, Kentucky; d. Aug 24, 1 974. 

vi. EVELINA FEEZOR™-' 5 "', b. Aug 1 898, Kentucky. 

Census 1: 1910, Magisterial District 8, Graves, Kentucky™ 

Census 2: Jan 12, 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky™ 

vii. GRACIE FEEZOR, b. May 12, 1900, Kentucky; d. Jul 26, 1985, Paducah, 
McCracken County, Kentucky. 

10. viii. MARGUERETTE FEEZOR, b. 1902, Graves County, Kentucky. 


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48 . James A . 5 Green (Louisa Helles 4 Evers , John Alexander*, William \ 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) 603 was bom Feb I860 in Kentucky. He married MARTHA 
STOVAL. 

More About JAMES A. GREEN: 

Census 1 : Jul 22, 1860, Graves County, Kentucky 6 " 7 

Census 2: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Census 3: Jun 11, 1900, Listed as a widow in Graves County, Kentucky* 50 - 5 

Children of JAMES GREEN and MARTHA STOVAL are: 

i. JOSEPH W. 6 GREEN, b. Aug 1 885. Kentucky. 

Census: 1900, Magisterial District 8, Graves County. Kentucky 6 " 6 

ii. WILLIAM O. GREEN, b. Aug 1887, Kentucky. 

Census: 1900, Magisterial District 8. Graves County, Kentucky 6 " 6 

iii. CHARLEY GREEN, b. Sep 1889, Kentucky. 

Census: 1900, Magisterial District 8, Graves County, Kentucky 6 " 6 

iv. ELVIN GREEN, b. Jun 1891, Kentucky. 

Census: 1900. Magisterial District 8. Graves County, Kentucky 6 " 6 


49 . Francis Marion 5 Green (Louisa Hellen 4 Evers . John Alexander'. 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom 1861 in Kentucky, and died 1909. He 
married GEORGIA ANN PITTMAN, daughter of GEORGE PITTMAN and MARTHA 
COLLIER. She was born Nov 01, 1863 in Ballard County, Kentucky, and died De 
19, 1942 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky. 

More About FRANCIS MARION GREEN: 

Census: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

More About GEORGIA ANN PITTMAN: 

Burial: Dec 20, 1942, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Kentucky 

Children of FRANCIS GREEN and GEORGIA PITTMAN are: 

i. ALPHUS WALTER*' GREEN, b. Jun 25, 1891; d. Dec 05, 1969; m. (1) NORA 
GREEN; m. (2) LINDA O. FATHERING. 

111. ii. BIRDIE ANN GREEN, b. Jul 21, 1 889; d. May 02, 1976, Kentucky. 

1 12. iii. RESSIE MARION GREEN, b. Oct 08. 1895. Graves County. Kentucky; d. Jan 23. 

1933. Graves County, Kentucky. 


iv. NELLIE GREEN, b. Aug 02, 1 873; d. Aug 02, i 873. 

v. DELLIE GREEN, b. Jan 1 0, 1 888; d. Jan ! 0, 1 888. 


50. WILLIAM BROWNLOW 5 GREEN ( LOUISA HELLEN 4 EVERS, JOHN ALEXANDER?, 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 E AVERS) was bom Sep 20, 1863 in Kentucky, and died Feb 
28, 1936 in Graves County, Kentucky 607 . He married NANNIE BELL KIDD. She 
was bom 1870, and died 1959. 

More About WILLIAM BROWNLOW GREEN: 

Burial: Feb 29, 1936, Green’s Chapel Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 607 
Cause of Death: Lobar Pneumonia since January 13, 1936 607 
Census: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 
Medical Information: Informant was Roy Green. 

Children of WILLIAM GREEN and NANNIE KIDD are: 

i. ROY fi GREEN. 

ii. EARL GREEN. 

iii. HERMAN GREEN. 

iv. TED GREEN. 

v. GURVIS GREEN. 

vi. NELL GREEN. 

vii. RUBLE GREEN. 

viii. ELBERT GREEN. 

ix. JEWELL GREEN. 

x. LOUISE GREEN. 

xi. GRACE GREEN. 


51. Martha 5 Green (Louisa Heller? Evers, John Alexander?, William 2 , 
PHILLIP 1 Eavers) was bom Feb 10, 1869 in Kentucky, and died Jul 01, 1894. She 
married WILLIAM WHITE GOUGH. He was bom Jan 31, 1858, and died Jan 03, 
1926. 


More About MARTHA GREEN: 

Census: Sep 22, 1870, Graves County, Kentucky 

Children of MARTHA GREEN and WILLIAM GOUGH are: 


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i. GEORGE' 1 GOUGH, b. 1874. 

ii. QUINNIE GOUGH. 


52. Quinnie- Green ( Louisa Hellen 4 Evers, John Alexander 3 , william 

PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was bom Jun 10, 1876 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died 
Nov 29, 1952 in Olmstead, Pulaski County, Illinois. She married WILLIAM 
Henry -Parham” Pittman 1891, son of George Pittman and Martha 
Collier. HewasbomJul 19, 1856, and died Jul 17, 1 930 in Olmstead, Pulaski 
County, Illinois 60 *. 

More About QUINNIE GREEN: 

Burial: Dec 1952, New Hope Cemetery, McCracken County, Kentucky 
Census 1: 1880, Housemans, Graves County, Kentucky 609 
Census 2: 1900, Arlington, Carlisle County, Kentucky 6/0 
Census 3: 1910, Esculapia, Benton County, Arkansas 6 " 

More About WILLIAM HENRY "PARHAM” PITTMAN: 

Date born 2: 1859, Kentucky 672 
Date bom 3: 1862, Kentucky 672 

Burial: Jul 1930, New Hope Cemetery, McCracken County, Kentucky 
Census 1: 1900, Arlington, Carlisle County, Kentucky 677 
Census 2: 1910, Esculapia, Benton County, Arkansas 67 ’ 

Children of QUINNIE GREEN and WILLIAM PITTMAN are: 

i. FRANK/’ PITTMAN. 

ii. INFANT PITTMAN. 

iii. ROBERT PITTMAN. 

iv. ROBIN PITTMAN. 

v. GORDON B PITMAN 676 6r , h. 1 898. Kentucky 67 ’' 6 '"; d. Jan 27. 1977. McCracken. 
Kentucky 626 . 

Census 1 : 1 900. Arlington, Carlisle County, Kentucky 
Census 2: 1910, Esculapia, Benton County, Arkansas' 1 - 

vi. PAUL PITTMAN 62 -’, b. 1902, Kentucky 622 . 

Census: 1910, Esculapia, Benton County, Arkansas 6 

vii. NOBLE PITTMAN 622 , b. 1906, Kentucky 622 . 

Census: 1910, Esculapia, Benton County. Arkansas' 

viii. JEWELL PITTMAN 622 , b. 1908, Kentucky 622 . 


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Census: 1910, Escuiapia, Benton County, Arkansas 622 


53. QUITMON C. 5 COVINGTON (ZARELDA ISABELLA* EVERS, JOHN ALEXANDER 3 , 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Mar 15, 1880 in McCracken County, 
Kentucky, and died Apr 03, 1947 in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky. He 
married GRACE OVERBY Abt. 1914. She was bom May 03, 1886 in Kentucky, 
and died Nov 05, 1990 in Kentucky 622 . 

More About QUITMON C. COVINGTON: 

Burial: Apr 05, 1947, Oak Grove Cemetery, 627 

Cause of Death: Angina Pectoris for l hr. Chronic Nephritis 10 years 627 
Census 1 : Apr 23, 1930, Kentucky, McCracken County, Woodville, District 22 625 
Census 2: Jan 10, 1920, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky 626 
Medical Information: Informant was Thomas Covington. 

Occupation 1: 1920, Farmer on his farm 626 
Occupation 2: 1930, Grocery Clerk 627 

More About GRACE OVERBY: 

Census: Apr 24, 1930, Woodville, McCracken County, Kentucky 627 

Children of QUITMON COVINGTON and GRACE OVERBY are: 

i. THOMAS W. 6 COVINGTON, b. Mar 15, 1917, Kentucky 6 -*; d. Jul 02. 1999, 

Tucson, Pima County, Arizona'’’ 2 *; m. MURIEL LONG; b. Jul 11, 1915. Grahamvilie, 
Kentucky; d. Aug 14, 2006, Forrest City, Arkansas. 

More About THOMAS W. COVINGTON: 

Census 1: Jan 10, 1920, Paducah. McCracken County, Kentucky 6211 
Census 2: Apr 23, 1930, Woodville, McCracken County, Kentucky 620 

Notes for MURIEL LONG: 

Death Obit - The Paducah Sun Thursday, August 24, 2006 
Muriel Long Covington, 91, of Paducah died Friday, August 18, 2006 in Forrest 
City, Arkansas. She was born July 11, 1915, in Grahamvilie, Ky., to the late 
Clarence Long and Maggie Smithers Long. 

Mrs. Covington was retired from Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, Ariz., and had 
previously been employed at M. Fine & Sons in Paducah. 

She was a 1933 graduate of Heath High School, a member of the Clara Henrich 
Chapter OES No. 424 for over 50 years, and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. 


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She is survived by one niece, Jennye Curtis of Forrest City; one great-niece. Cathy 
White of Owensboro, ky.; one great-nephew. Michael Curtis of Edmond. Okla.: a 
great-great-great niece and nephew, Kennedy and Corbin Curtis of Edmond; and a 
sister-in-law, Rella Morgan of Paducah. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Thomas W. Covington, and 
one brother, Grover Long. 

Graveside services for Mrs. Covington will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006. at 
1 1 a.m. at Wood lawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jamie Broome officiating, 
ii. ZERELA E COVING ION' 1 '*. b. Dec 29, 1915, McCracken. Kentucky' '; m. ( I ) J. 
C. BOYD. Bef. 1942; m. (2) W. ERVIN MORGAN*-*-’. Feb 21. 1976. Madison' -'; b 
1 905"-. 


More About ZERELA E COVINGTON: 

Name 2: Rella C Boyd*- 32 

Census I: Jan 10, 1920, Paducah. McCracken County, Kentucky*--* 

Census 2: Apr 23. 1930, Woodville, McCracken County, Kentucky 

Marriage Notes for ZERELA COVINGTON and J. BOYD: 

Zarelda was listed as Mrs. J. C. Boyd as an informant on her aunt Minnie's Death 
Certificate. When Rella was marrying W. E. Morgan in 1976. she was listed as 
never being married. 


54. ALBERT WARREN 5 EVERS (JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTEJ, JOHN ALEXANDER 3 , 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS ) 634 was bom Dec 07, 1869 in Massac County, Illinois, 
and died Jan 1 1, 1934 in Lansing, Michigan' 555 . He married TRESSA MYRTLE 
HITCHCOCK Nov 26, 1896 in Bride’s Residence, Massac County, Illinois 656 , 
daughter of FRANCIS HITCHCOCK and SARAH COPLAND. She was born Nov 27, 
1877 in Massac County, Illinois 65 65 ' 5 , and died Feb 06, 1914. 

Notes for ALBERT WARREN EVERS: 

Albert was listed as a widower and fanner on the 1930 Census and listed with 
daughter, Eunice at the age of 17 yrs. 

Death Obit, The State Journal, Lansing, Michigan, Thursday, January 1 1 , 1934, 
Pg-2 

Albert Evers, 64, of Metropolis, Illinois, died Thursday in Kalamazoo. 1 le is 
survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Meyer of Lansing, two brothers and two 
sisters, all of Metropolis, and five grandchildren. He was a member ol the 


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Modem Woodmen of American and the Metropolis M.E. Church. The body was 
brought to the Estes-Leadley Funeral Home awaiting removal to Metropolis for 
burial. 

Burial: Jan 14, 1934, Lower Salem Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Apoplexy /Cerebral aeteriosclerosis 
Census: 1920, Hi Herman, Massac County, Illinois 

More About TRESSA MYRTLE HITCHCOCK: 

Burial: Feb 1914, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

Marriage Notes for ALBERT EVERS and TRESSA HITCHCOCK: 

This is the first marriage for the couple. They were married by J.M. Allfrey, J.P. 
at the bride’s residence and the witnesses were Cynthia Evers and Mrs. Lippert. 
Albert was a farmer at the time of the marriage. 

Divorce: Bef. 1910 

Children of ALBERT EVERS and TRESSA HITCHCOCK are: 

i. INFANT SON 6 EVERS, b. Ju! 02, 1 898, Massac County, Illinois; d. Jul 02, 1 898, 
Massac County, Illinois. 

Burial: Jul 1898, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois^ 

113. ii. EUNICE MILDRED EVERS, b. Abt. 1902, Gays, Illinois. 


55. Cynthia Caroline 5 Evers (James Albert Lafayette*, John 
Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) 640 was born Sep ll, 1875 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Apr 30, 1953 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 
She married AUGUSTUS HENRY LIPPERT Jan 19, 1898 in Hillerman, Illinois 677 , 
son of Henry Lippert and Hanner Winning. He was bom Dec 16, 1871 in 
Massac County, Illinois, and died Nov 02, 1955 in Metropolis, Massac County, 
Illinois. 

Notes for CYNTHIA CAROLINE EVERS: 

Death Obit 

Late rites were held for Mrs. Cynthia Caroline Lippert, 77, at 2:00p.m. Sunday 
May 3rd at Lower Anderson Church, preceded by services at 1:00 p.m. at the 
residence, with Rev. Carl Davis officiating. Burial was made in the church 


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cemetery with Baynes Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Lippert died at 8:30 p.m. 
Thursday April 30th, at her home 1 13 East 21st Street after a lingering illness. 

She is survived by her husband, August and a son Claude L. both of Metropolis, 
a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Cochuba of Detroit; a brother, Hubert Evers of Harvey, 
Illinois, a sister, Hattie Ferguson of Anna; eight grandchildren and twelve great- 
grandchildren. The following obituary was read at the services: Cynthia Caroline 
Lippert (nee Evers), was born to James A.L. and Ann Eliza Evers, September 
11, 1875, in Massac County, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. She was 
converted to her youth and united with the Lower Salem Methodist Church 
were she was a faithful member until she answered the call to join the Church 
Triumphant. 

She was always interested in the work of the Kingdom and worked with every 
church in the community where she lived, as long as her health would permit. 

The last service she was able to attend was here at Anderson Church. 

She was a leader in community affairs and taught school for several years. She 
was united in Holy Matrimony to August Henry Lippert, January 19, 1898, who 
survives her passing, to this union three children were born; Holly Marcus, who 
preceded her in death at the age of 30 years; Claudius Luther, of Metropolis; 
and Agnes Esther Cochuba of Detroit, Michigan; ten grandchildren, eight great- 
grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister Hattie Ferguson of Anna, Illinois, 
a brother, Hubert Evers of Harvey, 111., and a host of nephews, nieces, other 
relatives and friends. 

For the past four or five years, Mrs. Lippert has been unable to continue her active 
life and for the past seventeen months, she has been confined to her bed. She has 
borne her suffering with patience, and has been an inspiration to the many triends 
who have called. On Thursday evening, April 30th, she answered the call of death 
and slipped away to be with her Lord. 

Burial: May 1953, Boaz/Anderson Cemetery, Boaz, Massac County, Illinois 
Occupation: School Teacher at Grand Chain Elementary School" 

Notes for AUGUSTUS HENRY LIPPERT: 

Death Obit 

August Henry Lippert, son of Henry & Wilhelmina Lippert, was born December 
16, 1871 and died November 2, 1955 at the age ot 83 years, 10 months and 1 7 
days. 


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On January 19, 1898 he was united in marriage to Cynthia Caroline Evers and to 
this union three children were bom. 

He was preceded in death by his wife April 30, 1953 and a son Hailey Jo, July 16, 
1930. He leaves a son, Claude, and a daughter, Anges, and one brother, Samuel 
Lippert, eight-grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and many living nieces 
and nephews. 

He spent most of his life in the Lower Salem and Anderson Community. When a 
young man he joined the Lower Salem Methodist Church. 

Burial: Nov 05, 1955, Boaz/Anderson Cemetery, Boaz, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Cerebra Thrombosis 3 days; General Arteriosclerosis 20 years 
Medical Information: Death Certificate; Informant was Claude Lippert, son. 
Occupation: Farmer as listed on Death Certificate 

Marriage Notes for CYNTHIA EVERS and AUGUSTUS LIPPERT: 

This was the first marriage for the couple, their witnesses were W.A. Griffin & 
Sarah Griffin. August resided in Boaz, Illinois and Cynthia in Massac County, 
Illinois. August was a farmer at the time of the marriage. 

Children of CYNTHIA EVERS and AUGUSTUS LIPPERT are: 

1 14. i. HOLLY MARCUS 6 LIPPERT, b. Oct 30, 1899, Illinois; d. Jul 16, 1930, Pulaski 

County, Illinois. 

1 15. ii. CLAUDE LUTHER LIPPERT, b. Jun 18, 1901, Illinois; d. Nov 14, 1974. 

iii. AGNES ESTHER LIPPERT, b. Aug 11, 1904, Illinois; d. Aug 27, 1980, Dearborn, 
Wayne County, Michigan; m. CONSTANTIN COCHUBA 6 ^; b. Nov 21, 1890 WJW h 
d. Sep 25, 1978, Allen Park City, Wayne, Michigan 6 A 
Census 1: 1910, Logan, Massac, Illinois' 5 ^ 

Census 2: 1930, Detroit. Wayne, Michigan' 5 *’ 

Occupation: Nurse 6v ~ 

SSN issued: Michigan 6 ** 

More About CONSTANTIN COCHUBA: 

Name 2: Stanley Cochuba 
SSN issued: Michigan 6 ** 

56. James Oliver 5 Evers (James Albert Lafayette* , John Alexanders, 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Feb 23, 1878 in Grand Chain, Pulaski 
County, Illinois, and died Oct 27, 1926 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Marion 


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County, Illinois' 5 '' 9 . He married LUCY MILLER Sep 24, 1899 in Pulaski County, 
Illinois 650 , daughter of LONNIE MILLER and ELIZABETH BAYLESS. She was bom 
Apr 05, 1881 in Yates Landing, Pulaski County, Illinois, and died May 13, 1964 in 
Centralia, Illinois. 

Notes for JAMES OLIVER EVERS: 

On his death certificate, James Oliver had resided 3 years, 6 months at 610 South 
Walnut St. Centralia 

Death Obit in "The Republican Herald” Wednesday, November 3, 1926 
James Oliver Evers, the fourth son of James A.L. Evers and Anna Eliza McGee 
Evers, was bom in Logan precinct in Massac County, Illinois on the twenty-third 
day of February 1 878. On the 24th day of September, 1 899 he was united in 
marriage to Lucy Miller of Pulaski County, Illinois a daughter of L.V. Miller and 
Betty Bayless Miller, with whom he lived happily until the day of his death. To 
this union were bom five sons and four daughters, all of whom are living except 
Johnnie who was accidently killed at the age of ten years by falling “neath the 
wheel of a heavily loaded wagon. The living children are Mrs. Flossie McIntyre 
of Grand Chain, Mrs. George Kobler of Cairo; Mrs. Clara Caraker of Centralia; 
Leo Evers of Grand Chain; and Orpha, Jimmie, Virgil and Russell Evers still at 
home with their mother, Mrs. Lucy Evers of Centralia, Illinois. ‘“Jimmie,” as 
every one who knew Mr. Evers, familiarly called him, was a useful man in every 
community in which he lived. If any one was in distress and help was needed. 
Jimmie went to his relief. If there were those who were sick in the community in 
which he lived. Jimmie was one who was sure to be found waiting on them. If 
there were poor who needed help, Jimmie’s liberality extended to his last dollar. 
He was known everywhere as one of the hardest working men in his community. 
He was intensely patriotic and took care to raise his children to be a blessing to 
their country. Being an Odd Fellow he practiced the teachings of that order for he 
took great pleasure in the work of that lodge. The living brothers and sisters are: 
Albert W and Luther L. of Metropolis and Hubert FI. of Harvey, Illinois, and Mrs. 
Cynthia Lippert and Mrs. Hattie Ferguson of Karnak, Illinois. 1 here are many 
other relatives and hundreds of friends. 

On the 27th of October while working in Centralia he was thrown from a truck, 
when the driver with whom he was riding turned a sharp comer, the rivets in 


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the running board giving way threw Mr. Evers violently to the pavement. The 
force of the fall rendered him unconscious from which he never recovered and 
he passed out at 1 1 :45 that night. At his death he was 48 years, 8 months and 
four days old. A neighbor in the prime of his usefulness has been removed from 
among us by death. Rev. S. A. Morgan, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
at Ullin, a former pastor of the Evers family under whose pastorate some of the 
family joined the church, with the assistance of Rev. Herschel Conley of the 
Christian Church at Grand Chain conducted the funeral. Interment was in the 
family lot in the Salem Cemetery in Logan Precinct. 

Burial: Oct 31, 1926, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, 
Illinois' 557 

Cause of Death: Fractured skull falling from an automobile truck 
Census 1: 1880, Hillerman, Massac, Illinois, United States ' 55 - 1 653 
Census 2: 1910, Pulaski County, Illinois 
Census 3: 1920, Karnak, Pulaski County, Illinois 65 " 7 

Medical Information: Death Certificate #2610131, Jimmie Evers of Centralia was 
the informant 

Occupation: Oct 27, 1926, Hod Carrier as listed on Death Certificate 
Notes for LUCY MILLER: 

Death Obit “Centralia Sentinel” May 13, 1964 Wednesday, page 2 
MRS. LUCY M. EVERS DIES EARLY TODAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS 
Mrs. Lucy M. Evers, 83, Centralia, died at 3:15 a.m. today at the Centralia 
Nursing Home after an il lness of three years. She was bom in Pulaski County, 
the daughter of L.V. and Elizabeth (Bayless) Miller. She married James O. Evers 
in Pulaski County and they moved to Centralia in 1 923 from Grand Chain. Mr. 
Evers died in 1926. Mrs. Evers was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the 
Royal Neighbors. Survivors are three sons, Jimmie J. of Centralia, Virgil D. of 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Col. R. Russell of Tucson, Arizona; four daughters, Mrs. 
J.R. Mclntire of Grand Chain, Mrs. Flora Clary of Harvey, Mrs. Clara Caraker of 
Manteno and Mrs. Hobart Pumphrey of Centralia; two brothers, Lee of Metropolis 
and Fred Miller of Miami, Florida; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Queen-Boggs Chapel. Burial will 
be in Salem Cemetery at Grand Chain. Friends may call at the funeral home after 
6 p.m. Thursday. 


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Burial: May 15, 1964, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 1: 1920, Karnak, Pulaski County, Illinois 657 
Census 2: 1930, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois 655656 
SSN issued: Illinois 65 " 


Marriage Notes for JAMES EVERS and LUCY MILLER: 

The couple was married by Thomas J. Prince, Minister and the witnesses were 
Albert W. Evers and Harvey Douglas 


Children of JAMES EVERS and LUCY MILLER are: 

1 16. i. FLOSSIE MAY 6 EVERS, b. Feb 26. 1900, Hillerman. Massac County. Illinois; d. 

Dec 18. 1992. Grand Chain, Pulaski County. Illinois. 

117. ii. FLORA LUCY EVERS, b. Oct 09, 1901, Illinois; d. Aug 17, 1991, Thorton. Illinois. 

1 18. iii. JAMES LEO EVERS, b. May 07. 1903, Grand Chain. Pulaski County. Illinois; d. 

Feb 15. 1949, Rector, Clay County, Arkansas. 

119. iv. CLARA HESTER EVERS, b. Mar 25, 1905, Pulaski County. Illinois; d. 1995. 

Anna, Union County, Illinois. 

v. JOHN A. EVERS, b. Jan 23, 1907, Grand Chain. Pulaski County. Illinois 6 - 5 ' 1 ; d. Nov 
19, 1917, Karnak, Pulaski County, Minos 6 - 57 . 

Burial: Nov 1917, Anderson Cemetery. Pulaski County. Illinois 
Cause of Death: Dislocated neck 

Medical Information: Johnnie fell off wagon and the wheel passed over and 
dislocated his neck. Death Record Volume IV 1917-1926 Pulaski County. Illinois 

120. vi. ORPHA ELIZA EVERS, b. Feb 12, 1909, Grand Chain. Pulaski County. Illinois; d 

Feb 12, 2001. Centralia. Illinois. 

121. vii. JIMMIE EVERS, b. Nov 14, 1910, Pulaski County, Illinois; d. Sep 24. 1983. 

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. 

122. viii. VIRGIL DAVID EVERS, b. Dec 03, 1912, Illinois; d. Oct 22, 1979, Tulsa. Tulsa 

County, Oklahoma. 

123. ix. RAYMOND RUSSELL EVERS, b. Sep 09, 1917. Illinois; d. May 24. 1967. San 

Antonio. Texas. 


57. Luther Lafayette 5 Evers (James Albert Lafayette*, John 
Alexander?, william 1 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was born Jul 15, 1883 in Rd. District 
#6, Massac County, Illinois, and died Jun 15, 1945 in Metropolis, Massac C ounty, 
Illinois. He married ( 1 ) MARY ETHEL BAYLESS 6 ' ' Sep 06, 1905 in Brides home 
in Pulaski County, Illinois 666 , daughter of JAMES BAYLESS and NANCY Mil I I R. 
She was born Feb 03, 1884 in Pulaski County, Illinois, and died Aug 14, 1922 in 


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Massac County, Illinois. He married (2) NELLIE H. TROVILLION Oct 07, 1923 
in Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois 660 , daughter of JAMES TROVILLION and 
HARRIETT NIPPER. She was bom Feb 20, 1883 in Sanborn, Johnson County, 
Illinois, and died Jun 13, 1966 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

Notes for LUTHER LAFAYETTE EVERS: 

Certificate of Birth. Luther’s name was listed as Lyther LaFayett evers 
(misspelled) and was filed August 26, 1919 by his father J.A.L. Evers. Luther 
was listed as the 7th child bom to Emma Eliza Mcgee(?) and was the 5th child 
alive at this time. 

Obituary for Luther L. Evers in the Republican Herald along with the Metropolis 
News. 

Funeral services for Luther L. Evers were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock 
at the First Methodist Church. The church service was conducted by the pastor 
Rev. W.A. Spence. Appropriate music was rendered by the church choir, Mrs. 
Carrie Grantham at the organ. The altar of the church was banked with beautiful 
flowers, the tribute of relatives and friends. The Masonic burial service was 
rendered at the grave, Brother Roy R. Helm, RM. deli vering the funeral oration. 
Many Master Masons, Royal Arch Masons and Knights Templar joined in paying 
a last tribute to their departed brother. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery on 
North Avenue. 

(OBITUARY) 

The following obituary was read at the church service by the pastor. [[The 
following was printed in the Metropolis News Newspaper.]] Luther LaFayette 
Evers, son of James A.L. and Ann Eliza McGee Evers, was bom in Massac 
County near Hillerman on July 15, 1883 and died at his home in Metropolis June 
15, 1945, at the age of 61 years and 1 1 months. On November 5, 1903 he was 
united in marriage to Mary Ethel Bayless. To this union were bom nine children. 
His wife and 3 children, Inez Pauline Evers, and an infant son, preceded him in 
death. On October 7, 1923, he was united in marriage to Nellie T. Trovillion. To 
this union were bom three children. Those left to mourn, passing are his wife, 
Nellie, and his children, Paul Evers of Cairo, Illinois, Mrs. Frances Shelton, 
Rolland Evers, Mrs. Stelsa Bryant of Metropolis, Mrs. Vivienne Bundy of 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Helen Evers of St. Louis, Missouri, L.T. Evers of the U.S. 


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Navy, Rev. Joseph and Harriett Evers at home; eight grandchildren, one brother, 
Hubert Evers of Harvey, Illinois; two sisters, Cynthia Lippert of Grand Chain, 
Illinois and Hattie Ferguson of Anna, Illinois, and a host of other relatives and 
friends. At an early age, he was converted and joined the Lower Salem Methodist 
Church. When he moved to Metropolis he transferred his membership to the 
First Methodist church of Metropolis, taking an active part until illness prevented 
his attendance. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 91 Gethsemane 
Commandery of Knights Templar No. 41. He served a number of years as District 
Deputy Grand Master of the 98th District of Illinois. He was also a member of 
the Odd Fellow Lodge. Mr. Evers taught in the rural schools for sixteen years 
and served as County Superintendent of School nearly twenty-one years. In spite 
of physical disabilities, he was able with the help of his devoted wife, to fulfill 
the duties of his office to the end of his term. The last years of his life were 
spent at his home. Always cheerful and uncomplaining, taking an interest in and 
enjoying life until the end. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 
2 o’clock at the First Methodist church. Rev. E.M. Dycus, officiating. Burial was 
made in the Masonic Cemetery. 

TRIBUTE BY A FRIEND 

For almost 36 years Mr. Evers served the public schools of Massac County, 

16 years as a teacher and 20 years and 7 months as County Superintendent of 
Schools. He was elected to that office five times. As a teacher he was efficient, 
earnest and sincere. As County Superintendent of Schools he was faithful to 
every duty. His office hours, as announced on his office stationary, were “Any 
time, day or night,” “that school matters demand attention." That he was five 
times chosen to responsible office of Superintendent of Schools is a high tribute 
and expressed the confidence the people had in his ability and integrity. I he 
affliction that finally caused his death was of many years duration. \\ ith grim 
determination and matchless courage, he carried on long after most men would 
have surrendered. When he could no longer use his right hand, he learned to 
write with his left hand. During the last years of his official career, his wife was 
a wonderful helper. Mrs. Evers won the admiration ot all, for her devotion to 
her husband and the support she gave him in the discharge ol his official duties. 
Probably no man in any capacity, touched and influenced the lives ot more young 
people of Massac County, than did Luther L. Evers. He inspired many to strive 


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for higher education and the attainment of honorable stations in life. He was 
a great inspiration to his own children, and today they have a higher regard for 
his advice and fatherly counsel than ever before. To his church and the fraternal 
orders to which he belonged he was devoted and loyal, and as long as possible 
he was constant in attendance. He was an advocate of all the highest and purest 
moral principles and his life supported his preaching. He was always found on 
the right side of every social and moral issue. Though dead, his memory will live 
long in the minds and hearts of all who knew him. 

Newspaper article in “The Republican Herald” Wednesday, June 2, 1937 
EVERS FAMILY HELD REUNION LAST SUNDAY 

The children and grandchildren of James A.L. Evers and their families, gathered 
at the home of County Superintendent L.L. Evers on Sunday afternoon, May 
30th and had an enjoyable time visiting with each other. There were present: 

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Lippert of Kamak, R. 1, and their grandchildren, Loren and 
Wineffed Lippert; Mrs. Lucy Evers and sons, Virgil and Russell of Centralia, 

Mr. Hubert Evers of Harvey, Illinois, and children Josephine and Charles; Mrs. 
Hattie Ferguson, of Cypress, and children James, Lyle and Lallah; Mr. and Mrs. 
John McIntyre of Grand Chain and daughters, Margaret and Mildred; Mrs. Clara 
Caraker of Jonesboro, Illinois, and daughters, Virginia and Sue; Mrs. Orpha 
Pumphrey of Centralia; Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Ferguson of Grand Chain; Mr. and 
Mrs. George Racy of Cypress, and daughters, Barbara Jean and Wanda Lou; 

Mrs. Cynthia Bostick of Jacksonville, Illinois, and sons, Jesse Jr., and Charles 
Huffman; Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Shelton and daughter, MaryJim; Mr. and Mrs. 
Rolland Evers, and daughter Cynthia Sue, George Louis Meyer of Metropolis, Mr. 
and Mrs. Carl Foss of McNoel; and the immediate family, Luther, Nellie, L.T., 

Joe, Harriett, and Grandma Travillian (?Trovillion). 

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF LUTHER L. EVERS, KNOW ALL 
MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: 

That in addition to all other rights, privileges and benefits conferred upon widows 
by the Statues of Illinois, it is my will that my beloved wife, Nellie Trovillion 
Evers shall receive my homestead free of debt at my death, because she has seven 
hundred dollars ($700.00) of her own money in the property, and for the further 


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reason that she has cared for me during the latter part of my life as an invalid, and 
of necessity waiting on me day and night as though I were a baby, doing things 
for me that no body else in the world would do. It is further my will that my 
children share and share alike in the other little property that 1 have on hand at m\ 
death. It is further my will that the court do appoint my wife, Nellie T. Evers, as 
executrix of my will without bond. Luther L. Evers 

Signed by Luther L. Evers in our presents and by us in the presents of each other. 
Witnesses : Harry Wright & Levi C. Miller 

Personally appeared before me this day, Luther L. Evers, Harry Wright and Levi 
C. Miller and acknowledged their signatures, for the uses and purposes herein set 
forth, Luther L. Evers as principal or maker of this Will and Harry Wright and 
Levi C. Miller as witnesses to his signature. Jean W. Smith Notary Public Dated 
at Metropolis, Illinois, this sixth day of September A.D. 1939 Filed June 25, 1945 
E.J. Mittendorf County Clerk. 

More About LUTHER LAFAYETTE EVERS: 

Baptism: by Reverend Volney Cicero Evers at Old Salem Church 
Burial: Jun 18, 1945, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Lobar Pneumonia for 5 days with paralysis agitana progressive 
paralysis for 15 years 

Census: Apr 29, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 667 
Hobby: Bet. 1927 - 1928, Masonic Lodge #91 
Medical Information: Parkinson Disease 
Occupation 1: Massac County School Superintendent 
Occupation 2: 1905, Fanner per Man'iage License 
Occupation 3: Apr 29, 1910, Farmer on his farm 

Notes for MARY ETHEL BAYLESS: 

Source: Memoirs of Luther L. Evers. Ethel was listed as Mary Ethel. 

Death Obit in “The Republican Herald” Tuesday August 15, 1922 

MRS. LUTHER L. EVERS - Wife of County Superintendent of Schools Died 

Monday 

A death that came as a severe shock to the people ot Massac County, occurred 
in Metropolis Monday afternoon at 1 :20 o’clock. Mary Ethel, wile ot Luther 1 . 
Evers, County Superintendent of Schools, died at Walbright hospital, after one 


of the most desperate fights ever recorded to save a life had been made. Mrs. 
Evers had not been in the best of health for several months. Sunday night, it 
developed that only an operation could save her life. Her case was diagnosed as 
Placenta Praevia. She was taken to Walbright hospital, where Drs. Walbright, 
Starkes, Fisher, Miller, Trovillion and Orr, performed a Caesarean section and 
Chitvavenous saline, followed by blood transfusion, her brother who had been 
sent for make the sacrifice of blood. The operation was one of the most delicate 
that could be made and would have possibly saved her life but her vitality and 
strength had ebbed too low. Mrs. Evers was born in Pulaski County, February 
5, 1884. She was the daughter of James D. and Nancy H. Bayless. She leaves 
to mourn her death, her husband, seven small children, two boys and five girls; 
her father and mother, five brothers, Arnold, Rollie, Ray, Mark and Harley, and 
four sisters, Mrs. Nora Essex, Mrs. Grace Wood, Oma and Lucy Bayless. Short 
services will be held at the home, comer Ninth and Ferry streets Thursday 
morning at 10:30, conducted by Rev. O.E. Connett, assisted by Rev. Allbaugh. 

The remains will then be taken to her home church, Salem, where funeral services 
and internment will be held at 2:30 p.m. In the death of Mrs. Evers Metropolis 
and Massac County loses a most notable woman. She was a good Christian, wife, 
mother and neighbor. One whose friends were numbered by those who became 
acquainted with her. She was a member of the M.E. church, Rebekah and Eastern 
Star lodges. The entire community extend their most sincere sympathy to Mr. 
Evers and his family in their loss. 

Name 2: Mary Ethel Bay less 

Date born 2: Feb 05, 1884, Listed on Death Certificate 
Burial: Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Uterine Hemorrhage - Placenta previa 
Census: Apr 29, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 667 
Medical Information: Death Certificate #260 

Marriage Notes for LUTHER EVERS and MARY BAYLESS: 

Marriage Register #2 1903-1933 Pulaski County, Illinois. Lewis Jones was 
Minister. 

Notes for NELLIE H. TROVILLION: 

Death Notice in “The Metropolis News” Thursday June 16, 1966 Nellie T. Evers 


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Funeral Rites to Be Thursday 

Mrs. Nellie T. Evers died at Massac County Memorial Hospital, at the age of 83. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 
with the Rev. Roy Baugh officiating, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery . 

Miller Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements. Born Nellie 
H. Trovillion in Johnson County, on February 20 1833, she was the daughter of 
James Carr Trovillion and Harriett Nipper Trovillion. She began teaching school 
in Sanborn at the age of eighteen, and dedicated the next twenty-two years to the 
primary schools of Johnson, Williamson and Massac Counties. In 1923 she was 
married to Luther L. Evers, who preceded her in death, as did one step-daughter, 
Mrs. Evelyn Meyer, and her two brothers. Ward M. Trovillion of Goreville, 
and Tom Trovillion of St. Louis. Survivors are her children: Luther T. Evers 
of Silver Springs, Florida, Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Evers of East St. Louis and Mrs. 
Jesse O. Weaver (Harriett) of Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay; her step-children: 
Paul Evers, Mrs. Calvin Shelton (Frances), Rolland Evers and Mrs. Joseph B 
Bryant (Stelsa), all of Metropolis; and Mrs. Hy Deitch( Vivienne) of Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin, and Mrs. A. S. De Vita (Helen) of Hialeah, Florida. 27 grandchildren; 
16 great-grandchildren; one niece, Mrs. William Steiner of Fairfield, and a 
nephew, William W. Trovillion of Goreville. Mrs. Evers served as assistant 
county superintendent of schools without pay for fourteen years during the tenure 
of Luther L. Evers, and after his death was assistant to county superintendent’s 
L.W.Smith and B.D. Fowler for another eight years, making a total of 44 years 
spent in school work. She was active in church and club work as long as her 
health permitted, being a member of Methodist Church, the Eastern Star Rebekah 
and Royal Neighbor lodges, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the 
Women’s Club, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Delta Kappa 
Gamma educational sorority, and various teachers’ organizations. 

Burial: Jun 16, 1966, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Illinois 

Cause of Death: Cerebral Thrombosis; General Arteriosclerosis- 10 years 

Census: 1900, Goreville, Johnson County, Illinois 

Medical Information: Certificate of Death Informant- Harriett E. Weaver 

(daughter) 

Occupation: School Teacher/ Assistant County School Superintendent 


Children of LUTHER EVERS and MARY BAYLESS are: 


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125. 

126. 


127. 


128. 


i. EVELYN MARIE 6 EVERS, b. Aug 23, 1 906, Massac County, Illinois; d. Nov 21 , 
1929, Rd. District #6, Massac County, Illinois. 

ii. PAULINE INEZ AGNES EVERS, b. Jan 06, 1908, Massac County, Illinois; d. Ju! 
22, 1908, Massac County, Illinois 6152 . 

Inez was the twin to Paul. The story told was that the doctor was called as Paul was 
sick; however. Inez died before the doctor arrived. 

Burial: Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois' 562 

iii. JAMES PAUL EVERS, b. Jan 06, 1908, Massac County. Illinois; d. Nov 26, 2007, 
Bradenton, Florida. 

iv. MARY FRANCES EVERS, b. Feb 1 1, 1909, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois; 
d. Apr 23, 1983, Massac Memorial Hospital. Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

v. ROLLAND EVERS, b. Jun 07, 191 1, Massac County, Illinois; d. Feb 15, 2002, 
Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

vi. STELSA ETHEL EVERS, b. Jul 31, 1913, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois; d. 
May 29, 1994, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

vii. VIVIENNE MAY EVERS, b. Feb 11, 1916, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 667 ; 
d. Mar 09, 2002, Brookfield, Waukesha, Wisconsin 662 ; m. (1) ROBERT D. BUNDY, 
Aug 04, 1939 666 ; in. (2) HYMAN A. DEITCH. Dec 27. 1959, Paul & Florence 
Evers House, Rt. 3, Massac County, Illinois; b. 1911, Russia 66 "; d. Dec 01, 1974, 
Milwaukee. Milwaukee County. Wisconsin - Mitchell Field Terminal Airport 
while waiting on Vivienne 66 "; m. (3) HAROLD DAVID SCHULKIN, Sep 05, 1982, 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 669 ; b. Jun 06, 1921, Wisconsin; d. Feb 07, 1997. Milwaukee, 
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 67 ". 


Death Obit in Journal Sentinel on March 1 1, 2002 

Schulkin, Vivienne M. (nee Evers) March 9, 2002 Age 86 years. Preceded in death 
by her beloved husbands 

Harold Schulkin and Hyman Dietch. Beloved mother of Ron (Michelle) Schulkin 
of Northridge, California, Linda Lanfear of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Terry 
(Patricia Schulkin, Marcia (Doug) Arents of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Marlyn 
Minkin of Kirkland, Washington and Nancy (Sol) Tilson of Marian, Iowa and 
Lake Worth, Florida. Loving grandmother of David, Steven, Trician, Missy and 
Annette Schulkin, Lisa Lanfear. Jerica and Brandon Arents, Traci and Jodi Minkin 
and Michael (Michelle) and Steven Tilson. Special sister-in-law of Kolmas. 

Further survived by two great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral 
Service 2:00 pm Monday March 1 1 (Today) at Temple Menorah. 9363 N. 76th St. 
Internment Beth Hamedresh Hagodel Cemetery. If desired Memorials in Vivienne’s 
name to Temple Menorah. appreciated. Thank you, the staff at Alterra Wynwood 
for their kind and compassionate care. Suminski Family Funeral Home Suminski/ 
Weiss (414)276-5122 

Burial: Mar 11, 2002, Beth Hamedresh Hagodel Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 


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More About HYMAN A. DEITCH: 

Arrival: Jun 23, 1913, Canada''"' 

Departure: Jun 1913, Scotland" 7 ' 

Medical Information: Hy died at Mitchell Field Airport while waiting on Vivienne, 
who was returning from a trip home. 

More About HAROLD DAVID SCHULKIN: 

Military service: Oct 07, 1942. Enlistment to the WWII Army 

129. viii. HELEN ANN EVERS, b. Sep 22, 1918. Massac County, Illinois; d. Mar 21. 1971. 

Hialeah. Dade County, Florida. 

ix. BENJAMIN EVERS, b. Aug 14, 1922, Metropolis, Massac County. Illinois; d. Aug 
14, 1922, Metropolis. Massac County, Illinois. 

Burial: Aug 17, 1922. Lower Salem then to Masonic Cemetery. Metropolis. Massac 
County, Illinois 

Cause of Death: Exsanguinitsisa and Anemia of mother 
Children of LUTHER EVERS and NELLIE TROVILLION are: 

130. x. LUTHER 4 REVELYN 6 EVERS, b. Jun 25, 1924, Metropolis. Massac County. 

Illinois; d. Aug 24, 1 988, Marion County, Florida. 

131. xi. JOSEPH CALVIN CARR EVERS, b. Dec 17. 1926. Metropolis, Massac Count\. 

Illinois. 

132. xii. HARRIETT HESTER EVERS, b. Sep 25, 1928, Metropolis, Massac County, 

Illinois: d. Feb 24. 2005, San Diego, California. 


58 . Harriett Hester 5 Evers (James Albert LaFayette\ John Alexander''. 
WILLIAM 1 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Sep 21, 1886 in Hillerman, Massac County. 
Illinois 6 and died Mar 12, 1958 in Massac County, Illinois. She married JAY 
DARREL Ferguson Aug 28, 1907 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois" ’, son 
of Thomas Ferguson and Laura Jackson. He was born Nov 28, 1884 in 
Massac County, Illinois, and died Mar 25, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Notes for HARRIETT HESTER EVERS: 

Newspaper article in “The Republican Herald” Tuesday, September 16, 1924 
(Massac County Paper) 

FORMER MISS EVERS MOTHERS LOVELY TWINS 

Mr. and Mrs. Luther L. Evers have returned from a visit with relative in Salem. 

111. Mr. Evers reports that his sister, Mrs. J.D. Ferguson, who was formerly Miss 
Hattie Evers of the West end of Massac County, has lovely twin habies, a boy and 
a girl, named Lyle and Lalla. 


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More About HARRIETT HESTER EVERS: 

Burial: Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 1: 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois' 57- ' 

Census 2: 1910, Tuscola Ward 1, Douglas County, Illinois 675 
Census 3: 1930, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 676 
Census 4: 1930, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois' 576 

Notes for JAY DARREL FERGUSON: 

Certificate of Birth. Affidavit was given by first cousin Johnie Sexton of Grand 
Chain, Illinois. Jay was the 2nd child bom. 

More About JAY DARREL FERGUSON: 

Date bom 2: Nov 28, 1885, Road District # 4, Massac County, Illinois 
Date bom 3: 1896, Illinois 676 

Census 1: 1910, Tuscola Ward 1, Douglas County, Illinois 6 " 7 
Census 2: 1930, Cache, Johnson, Illinois 675 
Residence: Bet. 1917- 1918, Marion County, Illinois 6 ' 9 

Children of HARRIETT EVERS and JAY FERGUSON are: 

i. DARRELL HORATIO 6 FERGUSON, b. Feb 21, 1910, Hillerman. Massac County, 
Illinois 6 * 0 ; d. Nov 17, 2004, Grand Chain, Pulaski, Illinois' 5 *' 6 *’; m. GLADYS 
CATHERINE MESCHER. Oct 08, \ 932 6S3 ; b. Sep 12, 1910, Johnson County, 
Illinois, USA; d. Jan 04, 1992, St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, 
Missouri. 

Notes for DARRELL HORATIO FERGUSON: 

50th Wedding Anniversary held in Grand Chain Community Building on October 9, 
1982. 

Death Obit, Southern Illinoisan, November 21, 2004 
Darrell Ferguson 

GRAND CHAIN — Darrell H. Ferguson, 94, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 7, 
2004, in Metropolis Rehabilitation Center. Services for Darrell H. Ferguson will be 
at 1 1 a.m. Saturday in Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, with the Rev. Mike Heston 
and Ivan Judd officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Cypress. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Wilson Funeral Home, with Masonic 
rites at 7 p.m. Mr. Ferguson’s life work was in the field of education. He began 
teaching at Grand Chain Illinois Elementary School and remained a resident of that 


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community. He became Pulaski County Superintendent of Schools and served in 
that capacity until retirement in 1 975. Mr. Ferguson was chairman of the steering 
committee that was able to secure the formation of the Shaw nee Community 
College District and served as the first chief executive officer of the General 
Educational Development program there. He called the first meeting of school 
administrators and state consultants that resulted in a four-county Special Education 
Joint Agreement. Mr. Ferguson was a member of the Executive Committee of the 
Illinois Association of County Superintendents, chairman of Region VI, and a 
member of the statewide committee on the Right to Read program. Local, regional 
and state groups in education favorably cited him. He was a life member of the 
National Educational Association and recently served on the Regional School Board 
of School Trustees, which deals with the detachment and also annexations of school 
district boundary lines. Other than education. Mr. Ferguson was for many years 
active in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church, serving as elder, trustee. secretarv 
of the board, Sunday school superintendent and teacher. In 1938. Mr. Ferguson 
became a Mason and later a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rites Masonry . He 
received his 50-year pin from Blue Lodge 660 A.F. and A.M. of Grand Chain. He 
was also a 50-year member and past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star 
of Grand Chain and a 50-year member of the Villa Ridge American l.egion Post I 78 
Lewis-Farris. Mr. Ferguson's work in the educational field was interrupted by time 
spent in the Navy during World War II. Surviving are two sisters. Beatrice Racev of 
West Frankfort and Lallah Spurlock of Karnak, and a host of nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Mescher Ferguson; one sister; and 
two brothers. His parents were Jay Darrell and Harriett Evers Ferguson. 

Burial: Nov 20. 2004, Masonic Cemetery, Cypress, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census I: 1920, Salem Ward I, Marion, Illinois' 5 *'' 

Census 2: 1910, Tuscola Ward 1 , Douglas County. Illinois'" 

Census 3: 1930, Cache, Johnson, Illinois 15 * 15 
SSN issued: Illinois' 5 *’ 

Notes for GLADYS CATHERINE MESCHER; 

Death Obit 

Gladys Ferguson, 81, of Grand Chain, died Saturday. Jan. 4, 1992 at St. Francis 
Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 

Mrs. Ferguson was a retired school teacher, a 50-year member and past matron ol 
the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 7 1 0. a member and past president of I )elta Kappa 
Gamma sorority and a member of First Christian Church ot Grand (. hain. 

Surviving are her husband, Darrell Ferguson; a brother, Harold Mescher ol 
Metropolis and a sister, Myra June Sullivan ot Fairbault, Minn. 

Her parents were Charles and Mary Bishop Mescher. She was also preceded in 
death by a brother and two sisters. 

Funeral services was Tuesday at Wilson Funeral Home with Dennis Abell and Steve 


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Heisner officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery in Cypress. 


More About GLADYS CATHERINE MESCHER: 

Burial: Jan 07, 1992, Masonic Cemetery, Cypress, Johnson County, Illinois 
SSN issued: Illinois®" 

ii. ORVILLE BLAINE FERGUSON, b. Nov 10, 1912, Tuscola, Douglas County, 
Illinois' 5 ®; d. Jun 28, 1914, Massac County, Illinois' 3 ®. 

Burial: Jun 1914, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

133. iii. BEATRICE KATHLEEN FERGUSON, b. Oct 02, 1914, Tuscola, Douglas County, 

Illinois. 

134. iv. JAMES MARSEL FERGUSON, b. Dec 30, 1918, Salem, Marion County, Illinois; 

d. Apr 26, 1987. 

135. v. LAURA ANN FERGUSON, b. Jan 11, 1922, Salem, Marion County, Illinois; d. Apr 

07, 1993. 

1 36. vi. LYLE DEAN FERGUSON, b. Aug 05, 1 924, Salem. Marion County, Illinois; d. Jul 

29. 1995, Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas. 

! 37. vii. LALL AH JEAN FERGUSON, b. Aug 05, 1 924, Salem, Marion County. Illinois; d. 

Dec 1 0, 2006, West Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky. 


59. HUBERT HUFFMAN 5 EVERS (JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE*, JOHN ALEXANDER 2 , 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Jul 26, 1893 in Illinois, and died Feb 
26, 1963 in Illinois. He married (1) CLARA WHITELOCK. 659 , daughter of JOHN 
WHITELOCK and SARAH OLIVER. She was bom Nov 25, 1893 in Metropolis, 
Massac County, Illinois. He married (2) FRANCES KORTZ Bef. 1920, daughter of 
CHARLES KORTZ and EMMA. She was bom 1894 in Missouri. 

More About HUBERT HUFFMAN EVERS: 

Census 1: Jun 02, 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois' 590 
Census 2: Apr 29, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 697 
Census 3: Jan 16, 1920, Harvey, Cook County, Illinois 69 - 
Census 4: Apr 22, 1930, Harvey, Cook County, Illinois 695 
Occupation 1: Bet. 1913 - 1915, Fanner 69,7 
Occupation 2: Jan 16, 1920, Dispatcher for the Railroad 695 
Occupation 3: Apr 22, 1930, Interior Decorator for a Contractor 696 
Social Security Number: Bef. 1951, Issued in Illinois thru the Railroad 

More About CLARA WHITELOCK: 


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Census: Apr 09, 1930, Illinois, Moran County, Jacksonville listed as Clara 
Gardner 

Occupation: Apr 09, 1930, Attendant at City Hospital 696 

More About FRANCES KORTZ: 

Date born 2: 1895, Missouri 697 

Census 1: 1920, Harvey Ward 3, Cook County, Illinois 697 
Census 2: Apr 22, 1930, Harvey, Cook County, Illinois 69 * 

Children of HUBERT EVERS and CLARA WHITELOCK are: 

138. i. CYNTHIA ELEANOR 6 EVERS, b. Mar 1 1, 1913, Hillerman. Massac County. 

Illinois; d. Jan 01, 1978, Jacksonville. Morgan County. Illinois. 

ii. SARAH HESTER EVERS' 566 , b. Apr 20. 1915. R.F.D., Metropolis. Massac Counts. 
Illinois; m. ROBERT FOSTER. 

Census: Apr 09, 1930, Illinois, Moran County. Jacksonville 

Children of HUBERT EVERS and FRANCES KORTZ are: 

iii. JOSEPHINE 6 EVERS, b.Abt. 1921, Illinois; m. DONALD KNAPP. 

Census: Apr 22, 1930, Harvey, Cook County, Illinois"" 0 

1 39. iv. CHARLES H. EVERS, b. Aug 28, 1 923, Illinois; d. Feb 29, 2004, Illinois. 

139a. v. MARJORIE ANN EVERS, b. Illinois; m. E. RICHARD STEERE. Aug 13. 1949. 

Cook County, Illinois; b. Mar 02, 1927. 

More About E. RICHARD STEERE: 

Residence: Dyer. Lake County. Indiana ' 0 


60. CYNTHA J. 5 PEELER (NANCY MINERVA* EVERS, JOHN ALEXANDER', WILLIAM 1 
PHILLIP 1 Eavers) was bom Aug 20, 1866 in Illinois 70 -’, and died Jun 20, 1902. 
She married (1) NATHAN BRIDGES Feb 04, 1882 in Johnson County, Illinois'"', 
son of WM. BRIDGES and /Adams. He was bom Sep 10, 1861 in Illinois, and 
died Apr 02, 1897. She married (2) JOFIN W. GEORGE Mar 09, 1899 in Johnson 
County, Illinois. He was born Jul 10, 1867 in Iowa and died Nov 16, 1934 in 
St. Francis, Clay County, Arkansas. 

Notes for CYNTHA J. PEELER: 

Middle initial differ from the 1880 Federal Census. “C” is listed in the 1880 
Census. 


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Burial: Jun 1902, West Eden Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois 705 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 70 * 5 
More About NATHAN BRIDGES: 

Burial: Apr 1897, West Eden Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois 707 

Marriage Notes for CYNTHA PEELER and NATHAN BRIDGES: 

This is the first marriage for the couple and both were living in Johnson County', 
Illinois at the time of the wedding. No occupation was listed in the source book. 
The witnesses were N.J. & C.C. Bridges and married by Samuel Bishop, J.P. 

More About JOHN W. GEORGE: 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 705 

Children of CYNTHA PEELER and NATHAN BRIDGES are: 

i. MINNIE E 6 BRIDGES 70 *, b. Sep 1 884, Illinois 70 *. 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 70 * 

ii. NANNIE I BRIDGES 70 *, b. Apr 1 887, Illinois' 0 *. 

Census: 1900. Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 70 * 

iii. OMA L BRIDGES’ 0 *, b. Jan 01, 1890, Illinois 709 ; d. Apr 14, 1969, Cook County, 
Illinois 770 . 

Census 1 : Apr 1910, Oma was living with her mother’s sister (Oma Moore), Anna, 
Union County, Illinois’" 

Census 2: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois’ 7 - 
SSN issued: Illinois 77 * 

iv. JULA A BRIDGES 777 , b. May 1 892, Illinois’". 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 777 


61. Alexander Julus 5 Peeler (Nancy Minerva* Evers, John Alexander*, 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Abt. 1868 in Illinois. He married (1) 
LOUISA Davis Nov 1 1, 1888 in Johnson County, Illinos 7/5 , daughter of ABRAHAM 
DAVIS and Mary DAVAULT. She was bom May 30, 1870 in Union County, 
Illinois, and died Oct 17, 1904. He married (2) MAGGIE// Abt. 1905. 

More About ALEXANDER JULUS PEELER: 


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Census 1 : 1870, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1880, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census 3: 1910, Charleston Ward, Mississippi County, Missouri' 76 
Occupation: 1910, Butcher 

Marriage Notes for ALEXANDER PEELER and MAGGIE//: 

In the 1910 census, Julius A. Peeler listed this was his 2nd marriage and this was 
the 1st marriage for Maggie. They stated that they have been married 5 years. 

Children of ALEXANDER PEELER and LOUISA DAVIS are: 

i. ORVA PEELER 0 PEELER, b. Abt. 1 896. 

ii. ARTHUR J PEELER, b. Abt. 1 898. 


62. Jacob C. 5 Peeler (Nancy Minerva* Evers , John Alexander*, William 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was bom Oct 13, 1871 in Johnson County, Illinois r , and died 
Aug 19, 1948 in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois. He married Rela BEL LE 
MOWERY Apr 30, 1 893 in Bride’s residence, Johnson County, Illinois /v , daughter 
of JOETN MOWERY and N. HARTMAN. She was bom Feb 13, 1873 in Illinois A 
and died Mar 31, 1952 7/0 . 

More About JACOB C. PEELER: 

Burial: Aug 1948, Cypress Church of God Cemetery, Cache Township, Johnson 
County, Illinois 720 

Census 1: 1900, Living with in-laws in Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois • 

Census 2: 1910, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois 

Census 3: 1920, Marion, Williamson County, Illinois 22 

Census 4: 1930, Marion, Williamson County, Illinois 27 

Occupation: 1910, Retail Merchant, Groceries' 2 ’ 

More About RELA BELLE MOWERY: 

Burial: Apr 1952, Cypress Church of God Cemetery, Cache lownship, Johnson 
County, Illinois’ 26 

Census 1 : 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 2 
Census 2: 1910, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 2S 


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Marriage Notes for JACOB PEELER and RELA MOWERY: 

This was the first marriage for the couple. Jacob was a farmer at the time of the 
marriage. The witnesses were J.C. Cates and S.D. Smith and married by J.B. 
Ravenscraft, M.G. The license number was #1114. 


Children of JACOB PEELER and RELA MOWERY are: 

i. ROY 6 PEELER, b. Nov 29, 1 893, Johnson County. Illinois; d. Dec 1 3, 1 893, 

Illinois. 

Burial: Dec 1893. West Eden Cemetery, Cache Township, Johnson County, 

Illinois™ 

ii. VERNA PEELER, b. Oct 1 895, Johnson County, Illinois; d. Jan 20, 1981 ; m. ( 1 ) 
DALLAS F ADAMS, Mar 06, 1917; b. Oct 14, 1894, Union County, Illinois™; d. 
Dec 07, 1950; m. (2) LEONARD MCCARTHY, Oct 1957. 

More About VERNA PEELER: 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois™ 

More About DALLAS F ADAMS: 

Occupation: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Brakeman for C & E I Railroad Company™ 

iii. LEWIS GLEN PEELER, b. Mar 10. 1897, Johnson County, Illinois; d. Jul 23, 1897, 
Johnson County, Illinois. 

Burial: Jul 1897, West Eden Cemetery, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois™ 
140. iv. LOIS GLADYS PEELER, b. Mar 10, 1 897, Johnson County, Illinois; d. Jun 28, 
1973. 

v. INFANT PEELER, b. May 26, 1901, Johnson County, Illinois; d. May 26, 1901, 
Johnson County, Illinois. 

vi. LOREN THURMAN PEELER, b. Jul 27, 1903, Cache Township, Johnson County, 
Illinois; d. May 04, 1964, Cook County, Illinois™. 

Date born 2: 1904, Illinois™ 5 
Arrival 1: Jun 04, 1926, Louisiana™ 

Arrival 2: Jan 21, 1950, New York, New York on board “Queen of Bermuda” 

Cruiseship™ 

Census 1: 1910, Cache Township, Johnson County, Illinois™ 

Census 2: 1930, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois™ 

Departure 1 : Havana, Cuba™' 

Departure 2: Jan 14, 1950, New York, New York on board “Queen of Bermuda” 
Cruiseship™ 

Occupation: 1930, Security Teller for a Bank 
Residence: 1950, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 


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63. Oma 5 Peeler (Nancy Minerva* Evers, John Alexander*, william 1 . 
Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Nov 1875 in Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 7 \ 

She married JOHN WILLIAM MOORE Jan 23, 1896 in Metropolis, Massac County, 
Illinois 775 . He was bom Jan 1871 in Grand Chain, Illinois' 77 , and died Apr 15, 
1927 in Anna, Union County, Illinois 775 . 

More About OMA PEELER: 

Census 1: 1900, Anna, Union County, Illinois 46 
Census 2: 1920, Anna, Union County, Illinois" 7 ’ 

More About JOHN WILLIAM MOORE: 

Census 1: 1900, Anna, Union County, Illinois" 75 
Census 2: 1920, Anna, Union County, Illinois' 7 ' 7 

Marriage Notes for OMA PEELER and JOHN MOORE: 

This was the first marriage for the couple, they were married by L.J. Grantham, 
M.G. and their witnesses were Robbie Evers & Lena Rudd. John’s occupation 
was clerk and living in Anna, Illinois and Oma was residing in Metropolis, 
Illinois. 

Children of OMA PEELER and JOHN MOORE are: 

141. i. ERNESTINE 6 MOORE, b. Jun 20, 1906, Anna, Union County, Illinois; d. Sep 26, 
1998. Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida. 

ii. JOHNATHAN C. MOORE, b. Dec 1909, Anna, Union County. Illinois. 

Census 1: 1920, Anna, Union, Illinois’ 17 

Census 2: 1930. Detroit, Wayne County. Michigan 

Occupation: 1930, Hotel Clerk in Detroit. Wayne County, Michigan (listed as 
married) 750 

iii. JEAN MOORE, b. Dec 1909, Anna. Union County, Illinois. 

Census: 1920, Anna, Union, Illinois 5/ 


64. Myrtle 5 Evers (John Wesley H\ John Alexander*, william 1 . Phillip 1 
EAVERS) was bom Sep 13, 1876 in McCracken County, Kentucky, and died 
1963. She married ( 1 ) GEORGE ALBERT DAVIS Jun 02, 1894 in Massac County, 
Illinois 75 -, son of JAMES A. DAVIS. He was born Mar 07, 1875 in Williamson 
County, Illinois 755 , and died Jul 29, 1922 in Cuba, I- niton L ounty, Illinois '. She 


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married (2) FRED WETTERQUIST Aft. 1918. He was bom Abt. 1 885 in Illinois. 
More About MYRTLE EVERS: 

Census 1: Jun 04, 1880, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas 
Census 2: 1920, Elgin, Kane County, Illinois 

More About GEORGE ALBERT DAVIS: 

Occupation 1 : Jun 02, 1894, Cigar Maker per Marriage License 
Occupation 2: Apr 16, 1906, Cigar Maker per Helen’s Birth Certificate 
WW I Draft Registration: Sep 12, 1918, Massac County, Illinois listing himself as 
self-employed as cigar maker 755 

Marriage Notes for MYRTLE EVERS and GEORGE DAVIS: 

This was the first marriage for the couple, they were married by Solomon H. 
Grace, JP and the witness was Hannah Grace. 

Children of MYRTLE EVERS and GEORGE DAVIS are: 

i. CARRIE VALORA 6 DAVIS 756 , b. Oct 05, 1900, Metropolis, Massac County, 
Illinois' 5 ’; d. May 21, 1982, Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis. Massac County, 
Illinois 75 '*; m. IRA RANKIN ' 59 ; b. Oct 06, 1897, Illinois; d. Feb 16, 1970, Massac 
Memorial Hospital, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 760 . 

Notes for CARRIE VALORA DAVIS: 

Carrie was listed as the 2nd child born to Myrtle Evers Davis per (delayed) birth 
certificate with affidavit by Myrtle Davis “Mumme” filed on January 18, 1944. 
Burial: May 24, 1982, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois’ 60 
Cause of Death: Acute Myocardial Infarction 1 day 760 

Funeral: May 24, 1982, Miller Funeral Home, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 760 
Occupation: Bookkeeper. Retired' 60 
Social Security Number: Issued in Illinois 

More About IRA RANKIN: 

Burial: Feb 18, 1970, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois’ 6 ' 
Cause of Death: Acute Pulmonary Edema 1 day, Status Asthmaticus 3 days. 
Emphysema 5 years 

Funeral: Feb 18, 1970, Miller Funeral Home, Metropolis, Massac County. Illinois 762 
Military service: WWI MUS 3, 1 ENG REG 
Social Security Number: Issued in Illinois 

ii. HELEN QUINETTA ISABELLA DAVIS, b. Apr 16, 1906, Metropolis, Massac 
County, Illinois. 


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Helen was listed as the 3rd child bom to Myrtle Evers Davis on her birth certificate. 
Residence: 1920. Elgin, Kane County, Illinois' 15 -' 

iii. ROBBIE DAVIS™, b. Abt. 191 1 . Illinois. 

Date bom 2: 1913, Illinois ' 5 ' 

Census: 1920, Elgin. Kane County Illinois'' 5 -’ 

iv. MARY DAVIS, b. Abt. 1912, Illinois. 

v. GEORGE DAVIS, b. Abt. 1913, Illinois. 

Census: 1920. Elgin. Kane County, Illinois’' 5 -’ 

vi. JACK M DAVIS"' 1 ’', b. \9\6™. 

Census: 1930. Metropolis, Massac. Illinois living with sister Valora & her husband 
Ira Rankin 7 ' 5 ' 5 

Military: Sep 20, 1940, East St Louis. Illinois, Ht 7 1 in, Wt. 135 lbs. and was a Gas, 
Oil man ' 5 ' 7 

Residence: Bet. 1938- 1942. Massac County. Illinois ' 1 

65. Maurice Jett 5 Evers (John Wesley HJ, John Alexander 3 , william 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was bom Dec 20, 1895 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois, 
and died Mar 1967 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida’ 65 . He married 
DELIA M. Abt. 1927. She was born Oct 06, 1907 in Illinois, and died Sep 1972 in 
Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. 

Notes for MAURICE JETT EVERS: 

At the time of Maurice’s enlistment into the US Army for WW I, he was 21 years 
of age, 5 ’8”, brown hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. Upon his honorable 
discharge, his horsemanship was rated “very good”. Serial # 1048192 Private 
1st Class Battery D 82 F A. 

Death Obit - Fort Lauderdale News, March 23, 1967 
Maurice J. Evers, age 71, of 1242 N.W. 2nd Avenue, died today in Broward 
General Hospital. Resident eight years from Metropolis, Illinois. Survived by 
his wife Delia M.; one son Wesley L. Evers of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and four 
grandchildren. Arrangements pending Fairchild North Federal Funeral Home. 
Name 2: Jett M Evers’ 69 

Census 1 : Jan 06, 1920, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1930, Kalamazoo, Michigan 

Military service: Bet. Jun 04, 1917 - Jan 15, 1923, United States Army 
Occupation 1: Bef. Jun 04, 1917, Cigar Maker 
Occupation 2: Jan 06, 1920, Laborer at the Stove Plant 


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Social Security Number: Issued in Michigan 
Child of Maurice Evers and Delia M. is: 

142. i. WESLEY L. 6 EVERS, b. Sep 15, 1928. Benton, Franklin County, Illinois; d. Feb 27, 
2003. Avon Park, Highlands County, Florida. 


66. Linda May 5 Willis (Harriet Catherine? Evers, John Alexander 3 , 
WILLIAM 2 , PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) 771771773 was bom Feb 09, 1874 in McCracken 
County, Kentucky 77 ^- 773 . She married W A McCOMB 77 * 5 Aug 29, 1895 in Carroll 
County, Arkansas. He was bom Nov 1861 in Mississippi. 

More About LINDA MAY WILLIS: 

Census 1 : Jun 16, 1880, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 77 
Census 2: 1920, Baton Rouge Ward 2, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana 775 

More About W A McCOMB: 

Census 1: Jun 04, 1900, Crystal Springs Village, Copiah County, Mississippi 7 9 
Census 2: 1920, Baton Rouge Ward 2, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana 750 
Occupation: 1 900, Minister as listed on the census 

Children of LINDA WILLIS and W McCOMB are: 

i. CATHERINE 6 MCCOMB 7 ** 7 * b. Nov 1 899, Texas. 

Census: 1920, Baton Rouge Ward 2, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana 7 *' 

Occupation: 1920, Music Teacher at Louisiana State University 

ii. AGNES MAY MCCOMB 7 * 2 '™, b. 1901, Mississippi™. 

Census 1: 1910, Clinton, Hinds, Mississippi™ 

Census 2: 1920, Baton Rouge Ward 2, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana™ 


67. Laura 5 Willis (Harriet Catherine? Evers, John Alexander 3 , William l , 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS)” S6 - 787 788 was bom Oct 1883 in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, 
Arkansas. She married PATRICK HENRY MOODY 789 790 ' 791792 Jun 26, 1907 in 
Carroll County, Arkansas. He was bom Aug 10, 1882 in Mississippi 795 ' 794 . 

More About LAURA WILLIS: 


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Date born 2: Oct 1883, Arkansas" 95 

Census: Jan 18, 1900, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas’ 96 
Census 1: 1910, Police Jury Ward 1, Tangipahoa County, Louisiana" 9 * 
Census 2: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 797 

More About PATRICK HENRY MOODY: 

Occupation 1: Feb 15, 1917, Traffic Manager 799 
Occupation 2: 1910, Railroad Agent 5 "" 

Occupation 3: 1930, Bookkeeper for Waste Material Co. 801 

Census 1: 1900, Beat 5, Copiah County, Mississippi*" 5 

Census 2: 1910, Police Jury Ward 1, Tangipahoa County, Louisiana*" 9 

Census 3: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 5 "- 

Residence 1: Feb 15, 1917, Kentwood, Tangipahoa County, Louisiana*" 5 

Children of LAURA WILLIS and PATRICK MOODY are: 

i. MARY CATHERINE 6 MOODY™, b. 1912. Louisiana™. 

Census: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma™ 

ii. DARIS MOODY™, b. 1918, Louisiana™. 

Census: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma™ 

iii. ANABEL MOODY™, b. 1923, Louisiana™. 

Census: 1930, Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma™ 


68. Besse Blanche 5 Willis (Harriet Catherine 4 Evers, John Alexander 4 , 
WILLIAM 1 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Apr 1886 in Eureka Springs, Carroll 
County, Arkansas. She married ( 1 ) WILLIAM GUNTHER McCUl.EAM' ' sos 
son of Fontaine McCullam and Anna Gunther. He was born Jul 15, 1889 
in Chicago, Illinois* 7 " 5 ", and died Aug 06, 1958 57 -. She married (2) JOHN B 
SUMNER Aug 30, 1939 in Crittenden County, Arkansas. 

More About BESSE BLANCHE WILLIS: 

Census 1 : Jan 18, 1900, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas' 7 ' 

Census 2: May 02, 1910, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas' 

Census 3: 1920, Roselle, Union County , New Jersey* 7 ' 

Occupation: 1910, Dressmaker at home 576 


More About WILLIAM GUNTHER McCULLAM: 

Burial: Aug 1 1, 1958, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia 577 
Census 1 : 1900, Birmingham Ward 8, Jefferson County, Alabama 579 
Census 2: 1910, Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas 575 
Census 3: 1920, Roselle, Union County, New Jersey 5 - 0 

Occupation: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Oil Refining, Standard Oil Company, Wood River, 
Illinois 5 - 7 

Residence 1: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Madison County, Illinois 525 
Residence 2: 1942, Fairfield, Connecticut 522 
Children of BESSE WILLIS and WILLIAM McCULLAM are: 
i. WILLIAM F. 6 MCCULLAM, b. Abt. 1913, Arkansas. 

Census: 1920, Roselle, Union County, New Jersey** - ' 

143. ii. KENNETH EVERS MCCULLAM, b. Feb 09, 19 18. Alton, Madison County. 
Illinois; d. Feb 19, 1982, Trumbell, Fairfield County, Connecticut, 
iii. ROBERT GUNTHER MCCULLAM, b. Abt. 1919, Arkansas. 

Census: 1920, Roselle, Union County, New Jersey** - ' 


69. William Francis 5 Evers (James Robert*, Joseph Nathan*, William 2 , 
PHILLIP ! Eaters) was bom Dec 24, 1866 in Massac County, Illinois, and died 
Mar 06, 1940 in Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 525 . He married (1) MARY 
A GREER Jul 29, 1 886 in Johnson County, Illinois 526 . He married (2) SARAH 
ELLEN MORGAN Aug 22, 1895 in Johnson County, Illinois 527525 , daughter of 
WILLIAM Morgan and Mary RIDENHOUR. She was bom Nov 25, 1876 in 
Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois, and died Mar 20, 1935 in Pulaski County, 
Illinois. 

More About WILLIAM FRANCIS EVERS: 

Burial: Mar 08, 1940, Masonic Cemetery, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 529 

Cause of Death: Chorcinoma of the rectum for 6 months 520 

Census 1: 1870, Township 14 Range 3, Massac County, Illinois 527 

Census 2: 1880, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 522 

Census 3: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 522 

Census 4: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 52 ^ 

Census 5: 1920, Logan, Massac County, Illinois 525 
Census 6: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 526 


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Medical Information: Informant was Charles Evers 
Occupation: 1903, Teamster 

More About SARAH ELLEN MORGAN: 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 5 * 7 
Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 4 * 5 
Census 3: 1920, Logan, Massac County, Illinois 5 * 9 
Census 4: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 5 *" 

Residence: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 5 *' 

Children of WILLIAM EVERS and MARY GREER are: 

i. DONNIE BELL 6 EVERS"’"-’, b. Jun 16. 1890. Belknap. Johnson County. Illinois; 
d. Mar 09, 1939. Karnak. Pulaski County, Illinois. 

ii. UNNAMED SON EVERS, b. Oct 20. 1887, Johnson County. Illinois'". 

Children of WILLIAM EVERS and SARAH MORGAN are: 

iii. BEULAH FERN 6 EVERS'"’, b. Nov 1898, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois'''’. 
Census I: 1900, Belknap. Johnson. Illinois’''-’ 

Census 2: 1910. Belknap, Johnson, Illinois’’"' 

144. iv. JAMES WILLIAM EVERS, b. Jan II, 1901, Belknap. Johnson County. Illinois; d. 

Jul II, 1979. Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois. 

145. v. CHARLES G. EVERS, b. Oct 02, 1903, Belknap. Johnson County, Illinois: d. May 

1952. 

vi. ALBERT HOWEL EVERS"'" 6 "", b. Mar 27, 1907, Belknap, Johnson County. 
Illinois 65 "; d. May 07, 1985, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois'"; m. AGNES 
ADELINE HAYES, Jan 1 9, 1 939; b. Dec 2 1 , 1 9 1 2; d. Jul 1 5. 1 984. 

Obit for Albert Evers 

Albert Evers, age 78. of Belknap, died on May 7, 1985 at the Memorial Medical 
Center in Springfield, Illinois. He was born the son of William and Sarah Morgan 
Evers on March 27, 1907 in Johnson County, Illinois. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Adeline (Hayes) Evers on July 
15, 1984. He is survived by three daughters, Alberta Houser of Rockchester, 
Illinois, Loyce Branham and Joyce Edelstein. both of Chatham, Illinois, also 4 
grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held Friday. May 10, 1985 at 1 :30 p.m. in the Wilson funeral 
Home. Karnak. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Cypress with the Rev. 
Vernon McClellan officiating. Wilson Funeral I lome in Karnak were in charge of 
arrangements 

Burial: May 10. 1985, Cypress Masonic Cemetery. Cypress, Johnson County, 
Illinois'' 5 -’ 


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Census 1: 1910, Belknap, Johnson, Illinois* 53 
Census 2: 1920, Logan, Massac, Illinois* 53 
Census 3: 1930, Belknap, Johnson, Illinois* 55 
SSN issued: Illinois* 5 ' 5 

More About AGNES ADELINE HAYES: 

Burial: Aft. Jul 15, 1984, Cypress Masonic Cemetery, Cypress, Johnson County, 
Illinois* 5 ' 

vii. JOHN FRANKLIN EVERS, b. Dec 16, 1909. Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois* 5 *; 
d. Mar 1978, Belknap, Johnson County, 1 1 lino is* 59 ; m. LIZZIE ALLEN, Jan 01, 
1934, Johnson County, Illinois**". 

Census 1: 1910, Belknap, Johnson, Illinois**' 

Census 2: 1920, Logan, Massac, Illinois** 2 
Census 3: 1930, Belknap, Johnson, Illinois** 3 
SSN issued: Illinois** 3 

viii. VIOLET FAY EVERS, b. Nov 10, 1913, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois** 5 . 


70. John Robert 5 Evers (James Robert 4 , Joseph Nathan 3 , William 1 , 

PHILLIP ! E AVERS) was bom Dec 23, 1874 in Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois, 
and died Dec 12, 1949 in Pulaski County, Illinois* 66 . He married (1) LAURA 
IDA BURNS May 13, 1894 in Johnson County, Illinois 567 . She was bom Aug 
31, 1874 in Johnson County, Illinois, and died Aug 03, 1915 565 . He married (2) 

I VO RHYMER Dec 23, 1917 in Kamak, Pulaski County, Illinois 569 , daughter of 
LUHRER RIMER and Matilda MILLER. She was bom Oct 27, 1888 in Jonesboro, 
Union County, Illinois, and died Nov 03, 1964 in Kamak, Pulaski County, Illinois. 

More About JOHN ROBERT EVERS: 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 570 
Occupation: 1894, Merchant per Paul’s birth certificate 

More About LAURA IDA BURNS: 

Burial: Aug 1915, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, Johnson 
County, Illinois 577 

Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 572 

Children of JOHN EVERS and LAURA BURNS are: 

i. PAUL V 6 EVERS* 72 * 73 * 73 , b. Nov 26, ! 894, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois* 75 ; 


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d. May 06, 1937, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina' v : m. MARY 
EVERS' 7 ** 77 ; b. 1893, Illinois"' 7 ; d. Jun 05. 1950. St. Joseph’s. Shelby Countv. 
Tennessee. 

More About PAUL V EVERS: 

Burial; May 07, 1937. Memphis, Shelby County.Tennessee* * 

Cause of Death: Tuberculosis, Pulmonary, chronic bilateral with cav itations '' 
Census 1: 1900. Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois'’' 7 
Census 2: 1930. Memphis. Shelby County. Tennessee"' 7 
Medical Information: Paul was in North Carolina 25 days prior to death. 
Occupation 1: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Railroad Brakeman for Peoria Railway Terminal. 
Bartonville. Illinois*" 7 

Occupation 2: Apr 09, 1930, Barber in Barber Shop**-’ 


More About MARY EVERS: 

Census: 1930, Memphis. Shelby, Tennessee**-* 

146. ii. SETH EVERS, b. Dec 15. 1896, Belknap. Johnson Countv. Illinois; d. Jul 1972. 

Salem, Marion County, Illinois. 

147. iii. JAMES VI VIAN EVERS, b. Jan 3 1 , 1899, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois: d. 

Aug 1965. 

iv. MADGE EVERS*" 7 , b. Jan 20, 1902, Belknap. Johnson County, Illinois'": m. ( I ) 
LOUIS H. MATHIS: b. 1896. Illinois** 6 ; m. (2) HERMAN CLAPPER. 

More About MADGE EVERS: 

Census: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois** 

More About LOUIS H. MATHIS: 

Residence: 1910. Ohio. Pulaski County. Illinois*** 

Marriage Notes for JOHN EVERS and IVO RHYMER: 

Marriage Register #2 1903-1933 Pulaski County, Illinois This was the 2nd 
marriage for John, but the first for Lela. John was listed as a merchant at the 
time of the marriage. John resided in Karnack, Pulaski County and Lela in Anna, 
Union County, Illinois. They were married by Rev. Robert Smith. Minister and the 
witnesses were Vivian Evers (male) and Minnie Allen. 


71 . Adolphus Linn 5 Evers (James Robert*, Joseph Nathan', Wiu.iwf. 
PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) 8S9mS9 ‘ was born Aug 29, 1880 in Illinois* 1 ", and died Aug 2b. 
1942 in Salem, Marion County, Illinois 59- ’ . He married CORNEAl.IA BERTHA 


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MORGAN* 93,397 Nov 25, 1903 in Johnson County, Illinos 595 . She was bom Jun 14, 
1884 in Illinois 596 . 

Notes for ADOLPHUS LINN EVERS: 

Describe as short height, medium build, blue eyes & dark hair on WWI Draft 
Registration. 

Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 597 

Occupation 1: Bet. 1906 - 1918, Brakeman for Chicago & Eastern Illinois RR, 
Cypress, Johnson County, Illinois 595 ' 599 
Occupation 2: 1903, Gambler 909 

More About CORNEALIA BERTHA MORGAN: 

Date bom 2: 1885, Illinois 907 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 902 
Census 2: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 903 

Children of ADOLPHUS EVERS and CORNEALIA MORGAN are: 

i. RUDELL 6 EVERS mooi , b. Jul 15, 1903, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 90 * 90 * 909 . 
Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson, Illinois 90 * 

ii. BEULAH MAUDE EVERS, b. Jan 07, 1906, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 906 ; 
d. Aug 08, 1908, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 907 . 

Burial: Aug 09, 1908, Masonic Cemetery, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 90 
Cause of Death: Congestion of stomach & bowels & nervous centers 90 ’ 

iii. ETHEL EVERS, b. May 16, 1908, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 90 ’. 

Name 2: Elizabeth Evers 90 * 


72. James EIal 5 Evers (James Robert 4 , Joseph Nathan 2 , William 2 , Phillip 1 
EavERS) 909910 was bom Jul 17, 1889 in Kamak, Pulaski County, Illinois, and died 
Jan 20, 1938 in Pulaski County, Illinois 977 . He married NAOMI B. HAMMOND Mar 
09, 1907 in Johnson County, Illinois 972 . She was bom Abt. 1889 in Illinois. 

Notes for JAMES HAL EVERS: 

Describe as 5’ 6”, medium build, blue eyes and medium color of hair on US WWI 
draft registration card. 

Occupation: 1917, Brakeman for New York Central RR, Kankakee, Illinois 973 


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Child of James Evers and Naomi Hammond is: 

i. WILLARD OWEN 6 EVERS'""" 5 ™" 7 , b. Jan 06, 1908, Belknap, Johnson County, 
Illinois'" 1 ', d. May 1967.. 

Census 1: 1910. Grand Chain. Pulaski, Illinois"'' 

Census 2: 1920. karnak, Pulaski. Illinois'" 0 
SSN: 1952, Tennessee 


73. Charles Robert 5 Evers (George Washington \ Joseph Nathan. 
William 2 , Phillip 1 Eaters) 921 921923 was bom Jan 09, 1877 in Massac County, 
Illinois, and died Jan 09, 1950 in Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois''-’ 7 . He married 
Lillie Maud Williams'- 5 926 Jul 11, 1895 in Johnson County, Illinois'- , 
daughter of SAMUEL WILLIAMS and FANNIE WARD. She was bom Mar 01, 1881 
in Illinois, and died Feb 1 1, 1958 in Mound City, Pulaski County, Illinois. 

More About CHARLES ROBERT EVERS: 

Burial: Jan 1950, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, Johnson 
County, Illinois' 25 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois' 2 ' 

Census 2: 1920, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois' 2 " 

Census 3: 1930, Bluford, Jefferson County, Illinois"' 

Occupation 1 : 1 900, Day Laborer 

Occupation 2: 1920, Car Inspector for the railroad' 5 ’ 2 

Occupation 3: 1930, Car Repair 

More About LILLIE MAUD WILLIAMS: 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois"’' 

Census 2: 1920, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois"’ 7 

Children of CHARLES EVERS and LILLIE WILLIAMS are: 

148. i. NELLIE MAY 6 EVERS, b. Jan 26, 1 896, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois: d. Oct 

25, 1 954, Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, 
ii. GEORGE WASHINGTON EVERS" 5 , b. Feb 22, 1898. Belknap, Johnson County, 
Illinois: d. Apr 1 1, 1901, Illinois. 

Burial: Aft. Apr 1 1, 1901, Anderson Cemetery, Boaz, Illinois 
Census: 1900. Belknap, Johnson, Illinois"' 

149. iii. SAMUEL WARD EVERS, b. Apr 07, 1 900, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois: d. 

Dec 12, 1969, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. 


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iv. CHARLES ROBERT EVERS, b. Aug 30, 1902, Belknap, Johnson County, 

Illinois 9 - 5 ’ 15 ; d. Apr 20. 1904, Illinois. 

Burial: Apr 1904, Anderson Cemetery, Boaz. Massac County, Illinois 9 -*’ 

v. FANNIE HELEN EVERS, b. Jan 01, 1906, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 93,5 ; d. 
Jul 07, 1907, Illinois. 

On last Sunday, July 7, 1907, the messenger came to the home of Mr. & Mrs. 

Charles Evers, summoning little Helen, their baby girl, into the beautiful city of 
God. For only 1 8 months was this sweet dimpled little darling lent to them. Her 
dear little presence, her cute baby ways and prattling talk filled their hearts with 
sunshine. She was the pet and playmate of her older sister & brother, and idolized 
by her parents and her loving disposition endeared her to ail she came in contact 
with. For only a few days she suffered with pneumonia and other complications, but 
in spite of all that could be done the pure little spirit, unsullied as it came, returned 
to its God. We will miss the little pattering feet and bright sweet presence, but 
her memory is enshrined in our hearts and we know that she is not dead, but only 
transplanted. She lives with God and we will see her again. 

Burial: Aft. Jul 07, 1 907, Anderson Cemetery, Boaz, Illinois 
150. vi. HARRY OWEN EVERS, SR, b. Aug 31, 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois; 
d. Sep 23, 1979, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois. 


74. CLARA MAY 5 EVERS (GEORGE WASHINGTON \ JOSEPH NATHAN 1 , WILLIAM 2 , 
PHILLIP 1 EA VERS) 939 940 • 94 '■ 942 ■ 943 was bom Nov 23, 1874 in Massac County, 
Illinois 977 , and died 1954. She married CHARLES MARSHALL 975,976 - 977 Mar 23, 

1898 in Pulaski County, Illinois 975 , son of R.M. MARSHALL and ELIZABETH 
FORMAN. He was bom Sep 1 863 in Mason County, Kentucky, and died Sep 25, 1945 in 
Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 949 . 

More About CLARA MAY EVERS: 

Burial: 1954, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9 - 9 
Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 957 
Census 2: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 95 - 
Census 3: 1930, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 9 - 55 

More About CHARLES MARSHALL: 

Burial: Sep 1945, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Belknap, Johnson County, 
Illinois 957 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 955 
Census 2: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 95 ' 5 


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Census 3: 1930, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 95 ’ 

Child of Clara Evers and Charles Marshall is: 

i. WILLIAM FORMAN 6 MARSHALL ** *", b. May 20, 1 899. Illinois*'; d. Mar 
1978. Greenville. Bond County, Illinois*-. 

Census I: 1900. Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois*-' 

Census 2: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois*’' 

Medical Information: Medium Height. Medium Build. Blue Eyes and Red Hair 
SSN issued: Illinois*' 5 

WW I Draft Registration: Sep 12, 1918. Vienna, Johnson County. Illinois*’ 


75. Jesse W. 5 Evers (George Washington \ Joseph Nathan\ William \ 
PHILLIP 1 Ravers) 968 969 - 970 - 971 was bom Apr 03, 1889 in Belknap, Johnson County. 
Illinois 97 -, and died May 22, 1945 in Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky 9 ’* 9 ' 3 . 
He married GERTRUDE PRIESTLY Jul 05, 1910 in Johnson County, Illinois 9 ’ 7 , 
daughter of ANDERSON. She was bom Dec 13, 1885 in Illinois 975 , and died Oct 
23, 1966 in Orange County, California 9 ’ 5 . 

Notes for JESSE W. EVERS: 

Obituary 

Jesse W., son of George W. & Hester I. Evers, was born in Belknap, Illinois, April 
3, 1889, and departed this life May 22, 1945, at the age of 56 years, 1 month and 
20 days. 

He was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude Priestly, July 5, 1910. To this 
union was born four children, Edward Warren, who died in infancy, Mrs. Gilbert 
Fahrenkamp and Mrs. Joe Simmons of Metropolis, Illinois, and George, recently 
returned from overseas duty with the Sixth Marine Division and now stationed in 
Memphis, Tennessee. 

He was a member of the Belknap Methodist Church which he joined in young 
manhood. His father and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Wright, preceded him in death. 
Besides the immediate family, he is also survived by his mother, Mrs. I.M. 
Hamilton; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Powell of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Mrs. 
Charles Marshall of Belknap, Illinois, and one brother, Charles Evers ol Mounds; 
five grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann, Russell and David Fahrenkamp, Louis and 
George Simmons. 

He leaves a number of nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and 


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friends who greatly regret his passing. 

Funeral services were conducted by Aikens Funeral Service at the Methodist 
Church in Belknap, Illinois, with Rev. E.M. Dycus officiating. Interment was 
in the Belknap cemetery. Casket bearers were Fred Bonifield, Paul Clark, Ray 
Davis, Ira Rankin, Jack Walker and Clyde Kirkpatrick. Singers were Rev. and 
Mrs. Gaines Sorrow and Rev. Grady Hogue, with Mrs. Gladys Hogue at the 
piano. 

Burial: May 29, 1945, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Lower Cache Township, 
Johnson County, Illinois 97 ' 5 

Cause of Death: Arteriosclerotic Heart & Congestive Heart Failire 977 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 975 

Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 979 

Census 3: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 9,50 

Census 4: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 9,57 

Notes for GERTRUDE PRIESTLY: 

Metropolis-News December 22, 1966 

A greeting received from Mrs. Mildred Evers Decker, Upland, California, stated 
that her mother, Mrs. Gertrude (Jess) Evers died suddenly October 23rd. She was 
a former resident of Belknap and Metropolis. 

Name 2: Gertrude Agnes Evers 952 

Census 1: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 955 

Census 2: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 959 

Children of JESSE EVERS and GERTRUDE PRIESTLY are: 

i. MILDRED MARIE 6 EVERS, b. Aug 21, 1915, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois*; 
d. May 14, 1993, Kula, Maui County, Hawaii*; m. (1) GILBERT FAHRENKAMP; 
b. 1912, Illinois*; m. (2) KENNETH B DECKER* Nov 22, 1962, Los Angeles, 
California*; b. Jul 30, 1910*; d. Sep 22, 2000, Kula, Maui County, Hawaii*. 

More About MILDRED MARIE EVERS: 

Census 1: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois* 

Census 2: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois* 

SSN issued: Illinois* 

More About GILBERT FAHRENKAMP: 

Census: 1920, Logan, Massac, Illinois* 


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More About KENNETH B DECKER: 

SSN issued: California'™ 

151. ii. VIRGINIA DALE EVERS, b. May 29. 1917, Belknap. Johnson C’ountv. Illinois. 

iii. GEORGE W EVERS™, b. 1922™. 

Census: 1930, Belknap, Johnson County. Illinois'™ 

iv. EDWARD WARREN EVERS, b. Jul 12, 1926. Belknap. Johnson Countv. Illinois: 
d. Jul 12, 1926, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois. 

Burial: 1926, Belknap. Johnson County. Illinois 
Cause of Death: Breech Presental Strangulation'™ 


76. Monte r. 5 Evers (George Washington 4 , Joseph Nathan 1 , William 1 , 
PHILLIP 1 Eaters )™ 7 was bom Jan 10, 1903 in Belknap, Johnson County, 
Illinois 995909 . She married ROBERT S POWELL 7000 . He was born 1898 in 
Maryland. 

Notes for MONTE R. EVERS: 

It was last known that Montye (Evers) Powell resided in Sheridan, Wyoming and 
several of her children resided there, also. 

Census 1 : 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 7007 
Census 2: 1930, Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming 700 - 

More About ROBERT S POWELL: 

Census 1: Apr 09, 1930, Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming 700 - 5 
Census 2: 1920, Camp Zachary Taylor, Jefferson County, Kentucky /00v 
Occupation: 1 930, Trucking listed on 1930 Census 

Children of MONTE EVERS and ROBERT POWELL are: 

i. WILLIAM R 6 POWELL"™, b. 1922, Maryland"™. 

Census: 1930, Sheridan, Sheridan Countv. Wyoming' 

ii. CLARA S POWELL"™, b. 1924, Maryland"™. 

Census: 1930, Sheridan, Sheridan County. Wyoming" 1 "' 

iii. LENEVE D POWELL"™, b. 1926. Wyoming"™. 

Census: 1930, Sheridan, Sheridan County. Wyoming"™ 


77. James Benjamin 5 Evers (William benjamin*. Joseph Natha.v. William. 
Phillip 1 EATERS )" 106 " 10 ' " m was born Aug 08, 1873 in Illinois, and died Sep 


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27, 1 957 in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois. He married MARY LOUISE 
MELLEIN 7009 Feb 01, 1898 in Pulaski County, Illinois' 070 . She was bom Nov 
18, 1880 in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois 7077 , and died Sep 24, 1961 in 
Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois. 

More About JAMES BENJAMIN EVERS: 

Census 1: 1880, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 7072 
Census 2: 1900, West, New Madrid County, Missouri 7075 

Census 3: 1930, Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois listed as a widower living with 
half-brother Harry & family. 707 " 7 

Occupation: Sep 12, 1918, Steward for Majestic Excursions, Memphis, 
Tennessee 7075 

WW I Draft Registration: Sep 12, 1918, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee 7076 

More About MARY LOUISE MELLEIN: 

Census: 1900, West, New Madrid, Missouri 707 7 

Children of JAMES EVERS and MARY MELLEIN are: 

i. SIDNEY RAYMOND 6 EVERS""'' 0 '*, b. Jan 18, 1898, Johnson County. Illinois' 0 ' 5 '; 
d. Oct 19, 1989, Cook County, Illinois' 0 -"; m. MYRTLE M EVERS'"’'; b. 1904'"’'. 
Census 1: 1900, West, New Madrid County, Missouri' 0 ’ 2 
Census 2: 1920, Norwood Park, Cook County, Illinois' 022 
Census 3: 1930, Norwood Park, Cook County, Illinois' 022 
Occupation: 1930, Hospital Attendant 
SSN issued: Illinois' 025 

More About MYRTLE M EVERS: 

Census: 1930, Norwood Park, Cook County, Illinois' 0215 
1 52. ii. CARL ROBERT EVERS, b. Aug 1 8, 1 90 1 , Missouri; d. 1991, Prescott, Yavapai 
County, Arizona. 

iii. CATHERINE ELIZABETH EVERS' 02 ', b. Jul 02, 1908. Belknap, Johnson County, 
Illinois' 02 *. 

Census: 1910, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois' 02 '-' 


78. Elijah Nathan 5 Evers (William benjamin 4 , Joseph Nathan 2 , William 2 , 
PHILLIP 1 E AVERS)’ 030 was bom Sep 19, 1880 in Boaz, Johnson County, Illinois 7057 , 
and died May 09, 1938 in Johnson County, Illinois 7052 . He married MAGGIE 


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FlNCHEN Jan 10, 1905 in Johnson County, Illinos /0Jj 'and divorced before 1938. 


More About ELIJAH NATHAN EVERS: 

Burial: May 12, 1938, Anderson Cemetery, Boaz, Massac County, Illinois"" 4 
Cause of Death: Syphilis, Arterio Sclerosis- Arotic Aneurysm 04-26- 193 8 " ,u 
Census: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois""' 

WW I Draft Registration: Sep 12, 1918, Laborer for Harry Evers, Belknap, 
Johnson County, Illinois. 

Child of Elijah Evers. and Maggie Finchen is: 

i. FLOSSIE GERTRUDE 6 EVERS, b. Sep 19, 1906. Belknap. Johnson County. 
Illinois" 06 . 


79. Harry Chester 5 Evers (William Benjamin*, Joseph Nathan 3 , William 1 . 
PHILLIP ' E AVERS)' 037 was born Aug 03, 1 888 in Boaz, Illinois 7 ®", and died Jan 
1 967" b9 . He married SERGIE E. HAMMOND Mar 30, 1907 in Johnson County, 
Illinois' 040 , daughter of T. HAMMOND and MARY WORKMAN. She was bom 
Feb 23, 1891 in Illinois' 040 , and died Oct 17, 1929 in Vienna, Johnson County, 
Illinois' 04 '. 

Notes for HARRY CHESTER EVERS: 

On WWI draft registration, Harry was described as short, medium build, blue ey es 
& brown hair. 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois' 045 
Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois' 04 ' 

Census 3: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois' 044 
Occupation: 1920, Foreman at sawmill' 044 

More About SERGIE E. HAMMOND: 

Burial: Oct 20, 1929, Fraternal Cemetery, Johnson County, Illinois"’"' 

Cause of Death: Chronic Myocarditis with contributory Bronchial Asthma ' 
Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois' 046 
Medical Information: Informant - Mrs. Mabel Calts 

Children of HARRY EVERS and SERGIE HAMMOND are: 


i. JEWEL SIDRID 6 EVERS, b. Mar 2 1 , 1 908, Johnson County, Illinois""'; m. 
ROBERT L. BELLANREY; b. Abt. 1908, Illinois. 

More About JEWEL SIDRID EVERS: 

Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 
Census: 1930, Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois' 0 ’'' 1 ' 

More About ROBERT L. BELLANREY: 

Census: 1930, Vienna. Johnson County, Illinois living with father-in-law"" 0 

ii. MARY ELIZABETH EVERS, b. Dec 24, 1909, Johnson County, Illinois""". 
Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 

iii. JOSEPH ROSS EVERS, b. Apr 02, 1915, Johnson County. Illinois"""; d. Oct 10, 
2008. Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana 7052 . 

Indianapolis Star. The (IN) - October 1 1, 2008 
Deceased Name: Joseph R. Evers 

Joseph R. Evers. 93, Indianapolis, died Oct. 10, 2008. Graveside services: 12 p.m. 
Mon. Oct. 13 at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery, Vienna. Illinois with visitation from 2 
to 5 p.m. Sun. Oct. 

Census: 1920, Cache, Johnson County, Illinois 
SSN issued: Illinois"" 2 


80. Ray Marshall 5 Evers (William Benjamin*, Joseph Nathan 2 , William 2 , 
PHILLIP ! EAVERS) was bom Jan 01, 1900 in Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 7 ^ 5 . 
He married ALLIE PEARL EVANS' 05 ' Jul 03, 1918 in Johnson County, Illinois 7055 , 
daughter of HENRY EVANS and DORA REID. She was bom Aug 27, 1900 in 
Simpson, and died Jan 16, 1991 in Hillview Health Care Center, Vienna, Johnson 
County, Illinois 7055 . 

Notes for RAY MARSHALL EVERS: 

WW I draft registration description was medium height, medium build, blue eyes 
and blond hair. 

Census 1: 1900, Belknap, Johnson County, Illinois 7057 
Census 2: 1910, Belknap, Johnson County, 111 inois /05<? 

Notes for ALLIE PEARL EVANS: 

Obit 

Allie Pearl Evers, age 90, of Vienna died at 9:05 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, 
1991 in the Hillview Health Care Center, Vienna. She was bom in Simpson, Aug. 


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27, 1900 the daughter of Henry and Dora (Reid) Evans. She was married to Ray 
M. Evers who preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons Ray of Portage, 
Indiana, and Jim of Burkesville, Kentucky., seven grandchildren; a brother Alfred 
Evans and two sisters, Dorthy Mae Staton of Metropolis and Mildred Parker of 
Cottonwood, Ariz. 

A son Jack Evers and two brothers Wayne Evans and Hal Evans preceded her in 
death. She attended Belknap Public Schools. Funeral services were held at 1 :00 
p.m., Saturday, January 19, 1991 in the Whitnel Funeral Home, Vienna, Illinois. 
Burial wan in Belknap Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Gary' Lloyd officiating 
Burial: Jan 19, 1991, Belknap Masonic Cemetery, Johnson County, Illinois 7 ""' 
SSN issued: Illinois 7060 

Children of RAY EVERS and ALLIE EVANS are: 

153. i. JACK DEE 6 EVERS, b. Dec 22, 1923, DOB listed for Social Security: d. Jun 1986. 
Indianapolis, Marion. Indiana, United States of America, 
ii. JIM EVERS. 


Generation No. 6 


81 . Ella May 6 Ragle (Nancy Caroline 5 Pettit, Jane 4 Evers, James 
Robert 5 . William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Mar 1882 in Illinois. She 
married FRANK MATHIAS COMBEST. He was born May 1 867, and died Apr 16. 
1920 in Pana, Christian County, Illinois. 

Child of Ella Ragle and Frank Combest is: 

i. GRACE 7 COMBEST, b. May 1898, Christian County, Illinois. 

82 . LOUIE 6 THRASHER (CICERO AUGUSTUS 5 , JANE 4 EVERS, JAMES ROBERT'. 
WILLIAM 1 , PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was born Mar 16, 1891 in Illinois, and died Oct 23, 
1964. He married ANNE GRIFFITH. 

More About LOUIE Tl IRASHER: 

Name 2: Luis W Thrasher 7 '"’ 7 


Date bom 2: 1891, Illinois' 067 

Burial: Lloyd Cemetery, Dunklin County, Missouri 

Residence: 1910, Haywood, Clay County, Arkansas 7067 

Children of LOUIE THRASHER and ANNE GRIFFITH are: 

i. LEEVURN^ THRASHER' 062 , b. May 12, ! 91 7; d. Nov 07, 1986. 
SSN issued: Missouri' 062 

154. ii. ALFRED THRASHER. 


83. KING WALLACE 6 EVERS (ERNEST PAUL 5 , VOLNEY CICERO^, JAMES ROBERT 3 , 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 1063 was bom Dec 16, 1914 in Arizona 706 ^ 7 , and 
died Apr 26, 1988 in Livermore, Alameda County, California 7060 . He married 
DOROTHY. 

Notes for KING WALLACE EVERS: 

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 05-08-1921 

Each year brings its new crop of “finds.” In five-year old King Evers, Oliver 
Morosco believes that he has one of the most important “discoveries” of the year. 
The youngster originally cast in a small part in “The Half Breed,” proved such 
a success that the role was expanded so that the boy became a near principal. 

The Morosco officials think so highly of the boy that he has been placed under 
contract. 

Census 1 : 1920, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, POB listed as 
Arizona 7066 . 

Census 2: 1930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, POB listed as 
California 706 '’. 

Occupation: Bet. 1922 - 1924, King acted in 2 films: “Daddies” and “The Half 
Breed” 

SSN issued: Bef. 1951, California 7065 

Children of KING EVERS and DOROTHY are: 

155. i. KING W. 7 EVERS, JR., b.Abt. 1946. 

156. ii. KATHRYN EVERS, b.Abt. 1947. 

157. iii. DEBORAH EVERS, b.Abt. 1956. 


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84 . MAJEL JOYCE 6 DUNLOP (KlTTlE MAJEL 5 EVERS . VOLNEY CICERO 4 , JAMES 
ROBERT 5 , William 1 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was born Mar 19, 1921 in Washington, 
and died Nov 21, 1995 in Alameda County, California 7069 . She married WILLIAM 
KERR. 

Notes for MAJEL JOYCE DUNLOP: 

TriVally Herald - November 26, 1995, p 18A 
Obituary - Livermore, CA 

Majel Joyce Kerr, a resident of Livermore since 1970, died of cancer at Valley 
Care Medical Center in Pleasanton on Tuesday, November 21, 1995. She was 
74. Bom March 19, 1921, Mrs. Kerr was a native of Seattle, Washington. She 
received her bachelor's of science degree in pre-med from the University of 
Washington in 1943 and was an accomplished pianist and artist. Mrs. Kerr is 
survived by her husband, William, of Livermore; her daughter, Kathleen Grant 
of Pasadena; sister Jasmyn Hamilton of West Hills; grandson, Gregory Johns of 
Pasadena; granddaughter, Kelly Johns of Costa Mesa; two nieces and one nephew. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Saint Clare’s Episcopal Church, 3350 
Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, with the Rev. Maurice Turner officiating. Cremation 
will be private at Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore. 

Burial: 1995, Memorial Gardens, Livermore, Alameda County, California 
Census: 1930, Seattle, King County, Washington 
SSN issued: Bef. 1951, Washington 

Child of Majel Dunlop and William Kerr is: 

i. KATHLEEN MAJEL 7 KERR. b. Aft. 1935. 

Occupation: Painter-Artist 


85 . Bessie 6 Green (John Wesley*, Mary Jane 4 Evers . Johs Alexander*. 
William 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) She married BURIE C. Nall Nov 28, 1916 in 
Graves County, Kentucky. 

Children of BESSIE GREEN and BURIE NALL are: 

i. CHARLOTTE 7 NALL. 

ii. RACHEL NALL. 

iii. JUNE NALL. 


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86. Edna 6 Boaz (George Washington 5 , Martha 4 Evers, John Alexander 3 , 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) 10 " 0 was bom Feb 01, 1876 in McCracken County, 
Kentucky, and died Feb 04, 1974. She married // BEAN. 

Name 2: Edna Earl Boaz 

Census: 1910, District 6, McCracken County, Kentucky " r0 

Child of Edna Boaz and // Bean is: 

i. DELLON DEWEY 7 BEAN 70 ' 0 , b. Nov 2 1 , 1 898, Kentucky 707 '; d. Mar ! 5, 1 969, 
Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky' 07 -. 

Census: 1910, District 6, McCracken County, Kentucky' 075 
Residence: 1969, McCracken"'" 5 
SSN issued: Kentucky' 07 - 5 


87. Nannie May 6 boaz (Benjamin Fean nun 5 , Martha 4 Evers, John 
Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Abt. 1900 in Kentucky' 076 . 
She married JIM BOB KING Jul 17, 1926 in Obion County, Tennessee' 077 . 

More About NANNIE MAY BOAZ: 

Census: Apr 16, 1930, Graves County, Kentucky /07S 
Occupation: 1930, Laborer at a Clothing Manufacturer 

Child of Nannie BOAZ and JIM KING is: 

i. BOAZ E. 7 BELT, b. Nov 1 1, 1923, Kentucky' 070 ; d. Oct 24, 2000, Montgomery 
County, Texas' 0,s ' 0 . 

Census: 1930, Living with grandparents & mother in Graves County. Kentucky ,m 
Residence: 2000. Humble, Harris County, Texas' 0 '- 7 
SSN issued: Bef. 1951, Kentucky 

WW II Enlistment Record: Jun 08, 1943, Evansville, Indiana, been living in Alaska- 
described as ht-5‘4’, wt-1 1 1""°’. 


88. Effie Agness 6 Boaz (Linn Boyd 5 , Martha 4 Evers, John Alexander 3 , 
WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Jun 30, 1884 in Road District # 4, Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Mar 17, 1970. She married (1) /KACHELHOFER. Fie 
was bom in Germany. She married (2) JOSEPH CORDRAY. He was bom in South 


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Carolina. 


Notes for EFFIE AGNESS BOAZ: 

Certificate of Birth. Dora Peck, a cousin, gave affidavit for the birth certificate 
and she was living in Joppa, Illinois at the time June 15, 1945. Effie was listed as 
the first child and the only one living at that time. Most likely an error as Leonard 
Augusta birth was listed earlier in Linn's diary. 

More About EFFIE AGNESS BOAZ: 

Census 1: Jun 08, 1900, Stark, Bradford County, Florida'"'" 1 

Census 2: Apr 21, 1910, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida listed as a widow 

Effie Kachelhofer 

Census 3: Jan 09, 1920, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida with Joseph Cordrav 
Census 4: 1930, Illinois, Cook County, District 1234 & listed as Effie Cordray 

Child of EFFIE BOAZ and /KACHELHOFER is: 

i. EVA 7 KACHELHOFER, b. Bet. 1903 - 1904, Montana. 

Census 1: Apr 21, 1910, Jacksonv ille, Duval County, Florida 7 " 1 '-' 

Census 2: Jan 09, 1920. Jacksonville. Duval County, Florida living with step father 
Joseph Cordray ,,w 


89. DELBERT JOHN 6 BOAZ (LINN BOYD 5 , MlRTH A 4 EVERS, JOHX ALEXlXDER'. 
William 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) 1087 was born Sep 05, 1892 in Boaz, Massac County, 
Illinois, and died Jan 28, 1958 in Duval County, Florida. 

Delbert was described as slender and short built, having light color hair and blue 
eyes on his WWI draft registration card. 

Date bom 2: Sep 04, 1892, as listed on his WWI Draft Registration Card in 
Jacksonville, Florida'"* 

Census 1: Jun 08, 1900, Stark, Bradford County, Florida'"" 

Census 2: Apr 21, 1910, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida living with sister 
Effie Kashelhefer'" 5 " 

Census 3: 1930, Illinois, Cook County, District 1234 and listed as a Veteran 
Occupation 1: 1930, Lineman for Electrical Line for the 1930 Census 
Occupation 2: Bet. 191 7 - 1918, Traveling Lineman for The Tenison Company 


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Children of DELBERT JOHN BOAZ are: 

i. MARY 7 BOAZ, b. Abt. 1924, Indiana. 

Census: 1930, Illinois, Cook County, District 1234 

ii. VIRGINIA BOAZ, b. Abt. 1936, Illinois. 

Census: 1930, Illinois, Cook County, District 1234 


90 . Lura 6 Boaz (Thomas Dick-, Martha 4 Evers, John Alexander.’, 

WILLIAM 2 , Phillip 1 EAVERS) was bom Nov 15, 1890 in Kentucky 7090 , and died 
Mar 10, 1981 in Monterey, California 7090 . She married JAMES J MCNEELY 7097 Oct 
15, 1913 in Mayfield, Graves 7 ®". He was born Jan 15, 1884 7097 , and died Nov 06, 
1950 7097 . 


More About LURA BOAZ: 

Name 2: Lura Boaz McNeely 709 - 
Date bom 2: Nov 1890, Kentucky 7093 
Census: 1900, Dublin, Graves County, Kentucky 7093 
Occupation: 1910, School Teacher 

Children of LURA BOAZ and JAMES MCNEELY are: 

158. i. LALA VIRGINIA 7 MCNEELY, b. Dec 30, 1914, Wingo, Graves County, Kentucky; 

d. Sep 1985, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia. 

159. ii. LUCY ELLEN MCNEELY. 

160. iii. MARY SUE MCNEELY. 


91 . Evers harper 6 boaz (John David Evers 5 , Martha 4 Evers, John 
ALEXANDER 3 , WILLIAM 2 , PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was born Aug 10, 1908 in Union City, 
Tennessee, and died Mar 08, 1983 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He married ALICE 
JOSEPHINE Miller. She was bom Aug 05, 1914 in Huron, South Dakota, and 
died Apr 20, 1996 in Slidell, St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. 

More About EVERS HARPER BOAZ: 

Burial: Mar 11, 1983, Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma 
Census: 1910, Tennessee 709-7 

Occupation: Apr 11, 1930, Salesman for glove company 


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Child of Evers boaz and Alice Miller is: 
i. LIVING 7 BOAZ. 


92. William Howard 6 Starrs (Louisa Elizabeth 5 Copland , Delphia 
Caroline? Evers, John Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Jul 
25, 1879 in Road District # 5, Massac County, Illinois, and died Mar 20, 1963 in 
Massac County, Illinois. He married CLARA ELVIRA TAYLOR Oct 22, 1917 in 
Massac County, Illinois. She was bom in Steams County, Minnesota, and died 
Dec 22, 1954. 

Notes for WILLIAM HOWARD STARRS: 

Reference: Delayed Certificate of Birth that his Aunt Mattie Cockerel gav e 
affidavit of his birth. Mattie was living in Joppa, Massac County, Illinois at this 
time in 1944. 

Child of William Starrs and Clara Taylor is: 
i. IDA ELIZABETH 7 STARRS, b. Abt. 1 920. 


93. HERBERT GARFIELD 6 STARRS ( LOUISA ELIZABETH COPLAND, DELPHIA 
Caroline 3 Evers, John Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Jul 
21, 1883 in Massac County, Illinois, and died Dec 22, 1963. He married ( I ) Lll \ 
BELL Shelton Dec 24, 1902 in J.E. Holt’s, Massac County, Illinois 1 '" 65 , daughter 
of Henry Shelton and Sally Shelton. She was bom Abt. 1879 in Illinois. 

He married (2) MAUD MALISSA LITTLE Apr 07, 1908 in Metropolis, Massac 
County, Illinois 7096 , daughter of WILLIAMSON LITTLE and LAURA CAMPBEl 1 . 

She was bom Oct 31, 1891 in Massac County, Illinois, and died Jul 04, 1965. 

Notes for HERBERT GARFIELD STARRS: 

On both of Garfield’s marriage applications, he listed Marshall County, Kentuckv 
as place of birth. 

Discrepancy on DOB, 1881 is listed as DOB on Tombstone. 

Burial: Dec 1963, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac C ounty, Illinois 


More About MAUD MALISSA LITTLE: 


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Burial: Jul 1965, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 


Child of Herbert Starks and Lula Shelton is: 

i. INFANT DAUGHTER 7 STARKS, b. Jan 27, 1904; d. Jan 27, 1904. 

Burial: Jan 1904, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 


Child of Herbert Starks and Maud Little is: 

161. ii. GWENDOLINE 7 STARKS, b. Sep 19, 1909; d. May 05, 1982. 


94. Roxy Short 6 Starks (Louisa Elizabeth 5 Copland , Delphia Caroline* 
Evers, John Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was bom Dec 31, 1883 in 
Massac County, Illinois. He married ELVA ALEXANDER. She was bom Abt. 1887 
in Massac County, Illinois. 

More About ROXY SHORT STARKS: 

Occupation: 1907, Railroad Brakeman 

Children of ROXY STARKS and ELVA ALEXANDER are: 

i. CLELUS MACA 7 STARKS, b. Nov 24, 1907, Joppa, Massac County, Illinois. 

Clelus filed a delayed birth certificate with her father giving affidavit; she was listed 
as the 2nd child bom 

to her mother. 

ii. CHARLES WILLIAM STARKS. 


95. Dephia Pearl 6 Starks (Louisa Elizabeth 5 Copland, delphia 
Caroline* Evers, John Alexander 2 , William 2 , phillip x E avers) was bom Jul 
11, 1886 in Rd District #5, Rt. 1, Grand Chain, Massac County, Illinois, and died 
May 20, 1953 in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois. She married CLARENCE 
ELMER JACOBS, son of BARTLEY JACOBS and MARY ORDWAY. He was 
bom Oct 13, 1882 in Crittenden, Kentucky and died Dec 06, 1974. 

Notes for DEPHIA PEARL STARKS: 

Delayed Record of Birth, State File # 200376 and was filed on July 13, 1950. 
Document #1 was Affidavit by older brother, H.G. Starks who resided in Grand 
Chain at that time. Document #2 was Marriage Record and document #3 was 


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Birth record of son, Alton Jacobs on December 3, 1905 in Illinois. 

Census 1: 1910, Charleston Ward 3, Coles County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1920, Charleston Ward 3, Coles County, Illinois 
Census 3: 1930, Charleston, Coles County, Illinois 
Occupation: 1930, Seamstress at home 

Notes for CLARENCE ELMER JACOBS: 

Census 1: 1900, Logan, Massac County, Illinois 

Census 2: 1910, Charleston Ward 3, Coles County, Illinois 

Census 3: 1920, Charleston Ward 3, Coles County, Illinois 

Census 4: 1930, Charleston, Coles County, Illinois 

Occupation 1: 1910, Fireman for Steam Railroad 

Occupation 2: Between 1920 - 1930, Engineer for Steam Railroad 

Residence, 1941, Frankfort, Clinton County, Indiana per WWII registration. 

Children of DEPHIA STARKS and CLARENCE JACOBS are: 

i. ALTON 7 JACOBS, b. Dec 03, 1905, Illinois; d. Nov 1968. Charleston. Coles 
County, Illinois. 

Census I: 1910. Charleston Ward 3, Coles County. Illinois 
Census 2: 1 920. Charleston Ward 3, Coles County. Illinois 
Census 3: 1930. Charleston, Coles County, Illinois 
SSN issued: Bef. 1951, Illinois 7 " 97 

ii. IRENE JACOBS, b. Jan 06. 1910, Illinois; d. Nov 30. 1941, Edwardsville. Madison 

County. Illinois. 

Census I: 1910, Charleston Ward 3, Coles County, Illinois 
Census 2: 1920. Charleston Ward 3, Coles County. Illinois 
Census 3: 1 930. Charleston, Coles County, Illinois 


96. Alma Mari ah 6 Starks (Louisa Elizabeth Copland. Delphia 
Caroline* Evers , John Alexander?, William 2 . Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Mar 
02, 1889 in Rd District #4, Massac County, Illinois, and died Mar 03, 1979 in 
Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois''" 1 '. She married 

ANDREW Perry Little Aug 27, 1906 in Pulaski County, Illinois' , son ot 

Williamson Little and Laura Campbell. 

Notes for Alma Mariah Starks: 


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Certificate of Birth. Alma was the 6th child bom and the 5th living at the time of 
her birth. Mattie Cockerel, aunt, gave affidavit for the certificate and she lived in 
Joppa, Illinois at the time of her birth. 

Notes for Andrew perry Little: 

Obituary for Andrew Little: 

Andrew Perry Little, 83, of Route 1 Grand Chain died Sunday at Massac 
Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, 2pm at the Hillerman 
Church of Christ with Bro. Wiley Mathis officiating. Music was by Janice 
Bryant, Wanda Hohns, Luna Farley and Ronald Bryant. Burial was in the IOOF 
Cemetery in Metropolis, Illinois with Louis Bayless, J.W. Meyer, Arthur Meyer, 
Lavem Whitelock, Paul Anderson and George Little serving as pallbearers. 
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Little is 
survived by his wife Alma; two sons, Harold of Massac County and Gerald of St. 
Louis; and 1 1 grandchildren. 

Occupation: Farmer 

Religion: Attended Bethel Church of Christ, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 

Children of ALMA STARKS and ANDREW LITTLE are: 

i. HAROLD 7 LITTLE, b. Jun 30, 1907, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois; d. May 
13, 1987, Good Samaritan Home, Massac County, Illinois. 

ii. GERALD LITTLE, b. Jun 13, 1918, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois; d. Dec 16, 
1988, Creve Coeur, St. Louis, Missouri. 

97. Lillian Ruth 6 Starks (Louisa Elizabeth 5 Copland, Delphla Caroline 4 
Evers, John Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was bom Oct 24, 1895 
in Massac County, Illinois, and died Aug 30, 1976. She married WILBURN 
TRUMBO. 

Child of Lillian Starks and Wilburn trumbo is: 

i. FOREST 7 TRUMBO. 


98. Susie 6 Starks (Louisa Elizabeth 5 Copland, delphia Caroline 4 Evers, 
John Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Jan 08, 1902 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Jun 16, 1987 in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan. 


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She married ROY EDGAR BARNETT Jul 27, 1921 in Metropolis, Massac Count), 
Illinois' 700 , son of JAMES BARNETT and VIOLA THOMPSON. He was born Abt. 
1900 in Massac County, Illinois. 

More About SUSIE STARKS: 

Burial: Quincy, Branch County, Michigan 

Child of Susie Starks and Roy Barnett is: 

i. ROY JR . 7 BARNETT. 


99. Eva Leota 6 Douglas (Ella Josephine 5 Copland , Delphia Caroline* 
Evers , John Alexander 3 , Willlam 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom May 1887 in 
Massac County, Illinois. She married CHARLES WILLIAM SMITH. He was born 
Abt. 1888 in Massac County, Illinois. 

More About EVA LEOTA DOUGLAS: 

Census: Jun 07, 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 7707 

More About CHARLES WILLIAM SMITH: 

Occupation: 1908, Day Laborer 

Children of EVA DOUGLAS and CHARLES SMITH are: 

i. ORIEN GLEN 7 SMITH, b. Oct 14. 1908. Massac County, Illinois""-’; d. 1968. 
Orien had filed a delayed birth record on July 25, 1942 with his Grandmother Ella 
Douglas as giving an affidavit and she lived on 1 100 E. 2nd Street. Metropolis. 
Massac County, Illinois. Orien was listed at the 1st child born to his mother. 

ii. WILLIAM G SMITH, b. May 02, 1912; d. Mar 09, 1993. 

iii. BESSIE ELLEN SMITH, b. Mar 12, 1917; d. Feb 14. 1938: m. PAUL GREEN. 


100. Aubrey 6 Douglas (Ella Josephine s Copland, Delphia Caroline* 
Evers, John Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born No\ 19, 1889 
in Rd. District# , Hillerman Precinct, Massac County, Illinois 7 "-. He married 
ELIZABETH BUNCH. She was bom Abt. 1893. 

Notes for Aubrey Douglas: 


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A Delayed Record of Birth file February 17, 1953. Document #1 was an affidavit 
filed by Aunt Allie Barnett of Kamak, Illinois. Document #2 was Social Security 
# received November 30, 1936. 

Census 1: Jun 07, 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois" 05 

Census 2: 1920, Logan Precinct, Massac County, Illinois" 07 

WW I Draft Registration: Aug 05, 1917, Described as Medium Build, Medium 

Height, Brown Hair and Blue Eyes" 05 

Children of AUBREY DOUGLAS and ELIZABETH BUNCH are: 

i. LESTER 7 DOUGLAS, b. Abt. 1911. 

ii. RAY DOUGLAS, b. Abt. 1914. 

iii. VELMA MAY DOUGLAS, b. Abt. 1915. 

iv. JOHN FRED DOUGLAS, b. Abt. 1917. 

v. HELEN M. DOUGLAS. 


101 . Charles H. 6 Douglas (Ella Josephine 5 Copland , Delphia Caroline * 
Evers, John Alexander 2 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Dec 1891 in 
Massac County, Illinois. He married ETHEL SEXTON. 

More About CHARLES H. DOUGLAS: 

Census: Jun 07, 1900, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois" 06 

Children of CHARLES DOUGLAS and ETHEL SEXTON are: 

i. iONE 7 DOUGLAS. 

ii. CHARLES R. DOUGLAS. 

iii. HOMER B. DOUGLAS. 


102 . Ida Lenore 6 Clark (Margaret Leota 5 Copland, Delphia Caroline* 
Evers, John Alexander 2 , William 2 , Phillip 1 eavers) i,07J,08 1,09 1I10J1,,J1 
12 was bom Sep 30, 1889 in California" 75 " 77 ""’, and died Dec 18, 1990 in 
Martinez, Contra Costa County, California" 76 . She married GUIFFORD EDMOND 
Landon" 77 ""*"" 9 " 720 , son of Herman Landon and Yonce. He was bom Dec 
04, 1882 in Missouri 7 "", and died Mar 13, 1952 in Santa Cruz, California 7 "". 

More About IDA LENORE CLARK: 


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Census 2: 1930, Hanford, Kings County, California"’ 3 
Census 1 : 1900, Township 2, Tuolumne County, California"-’-’ 

SSN issued: California"-’ 7 

More About GUIFFORD EDMOND LANDON: 

Medical Information: Medium Height, Medium Build, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes 7 -" 
Census 1: 1900, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County, California"- 7 
Census 2: 1930, Hanford, Kings County, California"-’ 6 

Children of IDA CLARK and GUIFFORD LANDON are: 

i. NAOMI E. 7 LANDON"*™"*', b. Mar 28. 1916. Fresno. California"". 

Census: 1930. Hanford. Kings County, California""’ 

ii. THELMA L. LANDON"- 1 -, b. 1919, California""’. 

Census: 1930. Hanford. Kings County. California""’ 


103. Delphia Lavinia 6 Clark (Margaret leota 5 Copland. Delphia 
Caroline* Evers, John Alexander 3 , William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers j" 33 was born 
May 01, 1900 in Tuolumne County, California" 37 , and died Jul 03, 1993 in Butte, 
California" 37 . She married ARTHUR JAMES PLATZEK" 33 " 36 " r Jan 31, 1919 in 
Fresno, California, son of MAX PLATZEK and ELSIE MYERS. He was born Sep 

12, 1897 in Fowler, Fresno County, California" 3 * " 39 " 7fl " 7/ , and died Aug 03, 1961 
in Butte County, California" 7 ’" 73 . 

Notes for DELPHIA LAVINIA CLARK: 

Obit - Oroville, California 

A graveside service for longtime Oroville resident Delphia Clark Platzek, 93, will 
be held at 1 1 a.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park Cemetery. 

She died Saturday, July 3, 1993, in a family home. Mrs. Platzek was born May 

13, 1900 in Tuolumne County, California. The daughter of pioneer stock, she 
was bom in a log cabin built by her father. She grew up in Selma, and moved to 
Oroville 63 years ago. Mrs. Platzek and her husband, James, owned a business 
known as Jimmy’s Exchange in Oroville from 193 1 - 1946. She was very 
active in the Historical Society, Genealogy Society and the Gem Society. She is 
survived by a son. Max of Oroville; two daughters, Maebelle Shelton ot Oroville 
and Ruth Campbell of Memphis, Tenn.; and five grandchildren and nine great 


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grandchildren. Her husband died in 1961. Visitation will be from 8-10 a.m. 
today at Scheer Memorial Chapel, which is handling the arrangements. 

Date bom 2: May 13, 1901, California 
Census: Apr 04, 1930, Kern County, California 

Notes for ARTHUR JAMES PLATZEK: 

Death Obit - Arthur Platzek - Oroville Mercury Register, Saturday, August 5, 
1961, pg 10 

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Scheer Memorial Chapel for 
Arthur James (Jimmy) Platzek, 62, of 49 Pine Oaks Road, who died Thursday in 
his home after an extended illness. 

Rev. Henry Lowe of Trinity Presbyterian Church will officiate. Graveside rites 
will be under the auspices of Oroville Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Platzek was 
bom in Fowler, Fresno County, September 12, 1898, and had lived here the past 
31 years. 

He operated Jimmy’s Exchange, a second-hand shop on Myers Street, from 1930 
to 1945, when he retired. 

Date bom 2: Sep 12, 1897, California 
Census 1: 1900, Township 4, Fresno County, California" 75 
Census 2: Apr 04, 1930, Kem County, California 
Occupation: 1930, Insurance Agent 

Residence: Butte County, California" 77 per Jimmy’s WWII registration card. 

Children of DELPHIA CLARK and ARTHUR PLATZEK are: 

i. MAX W. 7 PLATZEK""' 5 , b. 1920, California""' 5 . 

Military: Jan 10, 1941, San Francisco, California"" 15 

Residence: 1941, Butte County, California""' 5 per Max's Army Enlistment Records. 

ii. MAYBELLE PLATZEK, b. Oct 05, 1929, Fresno, California"" 7 ; m. // SHELTON. 
Name 2: Mae Belle Platzek""" 

Census: Apr 04, 1930, Kem County, California""'' 

iii. RUTH PLATZEK, m. // CAMPBELL. 


104 . Verna Valora 6 Evers (James Pryor 5 , William Henry Warren*, 
John Alexander*, William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 1149 - 11501151 was bom Oct 31, 


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1884 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died Jul 17, 1975 in Tulsa, Tulsa Count}, 
Oklahoma" 5 -. She married JOSEPH STANLEY BURRADELL " 55 /,5V Aug 15, 1911 in 
Henry County, Tennessee" 55 . He was bom Mar 21, 1 884 in Kentucky, and died 
1954 in Pinellas, Florida. Joseph and Verna were divorced when Martha was a 
baby per Laura Schultes. 

Notes for VER.NA VALORA EVERS: 

Death/Funeral Notice Friday July 18, 1975 Tulsa Newspaper 
Burradell, Mrs. Verna Evers, 90, passed away Thurs. Survived by daughters, Mrs. 
Lyda E. Beard of 2451 East 40th St., Mrs. Martha DeJamette of 5412 South Zunis 
PL; 5 grandchildren; 1 1 great-grandchildren. She was employed with the Board 
of Education for 30 years. Graveside rites 10 a.m. at Saturday, Memorial Park 
Cemetery Moore’s Eastlawn. 

As per Laura Schultes. 

Vema was in good health most of her life, only complaining of knees & arthritis. 
Verna attended Kentucky University and taught school when very young. She 
worked for the Board of Education for many years, she was a secretary to 
principals. Vema went to work for Beatrice Foods (creamery/ice cream) Co. in 
order to get her Social Security. (Board of Education did not have that benefit at 
that time.) 

Burial: Jul 19, 1975, Memorial Park Cemetery, Moore’s Eastlawn, Tulsa, 
Oklahoma 

Census: 1920, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma"’ 6 

More About JOSEPH STANLEY BURRADELL: 

Cause of Death: Leukemia 

Medical Information: On his WWI draft registration card, he was ot medium 
height/build. Dark grey eyes and black hair. 

Census: 1920, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma"' 6 

WW I Draft Registration: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Collector tor Metropolitan Insurance 
Co., Paducah, Kentucky 

Children of VERNA EVERS and JOSEPH BURRADELL are: 

162. i. LYDA EVERS 7 BURRADELL, b. Nov 17, 1912. Marshall County. Kentucky: d. 
Aug 1981, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. 


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163. 


ii. MARTHA FRANCES BURRADELL, b. Jun 27, 1919, Kentucky. 


105 . William Pleasant Valentine 6 Evers (James Pryor 5 , William Henry 
Warren 4 , John Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) 1,57 was bom Jul 
03, 1886 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 775 '*, and died Feb 10, 1961 in 
Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio. He married ETHEL LURLINE TAYLOR 7759 Oct 07, 
1911 in Obion County, Tennessee 7759 , daughter of THOMAS TAYLOR and ELIZA 
HONEYCUT. She was bom Dec 13, 1890 in Kentucky 7760 , and died Mar 17, 1985 
in Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio. The information on the descendants of W.P.V. & Ethel 
Lurline (Taylor) Evers was submitted by Laura Schultes 

Notes for WILLIAM PLEASANT VALENTINE EVERS: 

Described at Medium height/slender built with Gray Eyes and Red Hair on his 
WWI Draft Registration Card. 

Death Obit - The Blade Correspondent Newspaper 

Dr. W.P.V. Evers - 45 Years A Doctor In Fulton County 

Wauseon, Ohio February 11. Dr. W.P.V. Evers, 74, a practicing physician and 

surgeon in Fulton County for 45 years, died yesterday in Detwiler Hospital. Dr. 

Evers was bom in Mayfield, KY. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt 

University in 1910 and served his internship in National Jewish Hospital, 

Denver, Colorado. He opened his first office in Rosiclare, a mining town on 
the Ohio River in southern Illinois. He was the only doctor in the town. There 
was no hospital. Periodic floods of the river added to the pressure of work of 
the physician. (MOVES TO TEDROW) In response to an advertisement in a 
medical journal in 1916, Dr. Evers learned there was an opening for a physician 
in the Tedrow community in Fulton County. Fie moved his family to Tedrow that 
year and his practice in the county was interrupted only by service in WW I. He 
served in France as a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the army and was 
wounded and gassed. On his recovery he was assigned to duty in a hospital in 
Germany. Dr. Evers was discharged in April 1919, and two years later moved his 
office from Tedrow to Wauseon. He continued his practice until last Christmas. 
(ACTIVE IN CIVIC AFFAIRS) He was active in civic affairs here and served 
eight years on the board of education. He was a charter member of the Exchange 
Club and Robinson-Gibbs American Legion Post. He was also a member of 


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Sigma Chi fraternity, the Chamber of Commerce and the Masonic and Elks 
lodges. On several occasions, he served as Chief of Staff of Detwiler Hospital. 

On May 10, 1960, the Ohio Medical Association awarded Dr. Evers a pin markinu 
50 years in the medical profession. Dr. Evers is survived by his wife, Lurline; 
son, James T., Neptune, N.J.; a daughter, Mrs. Laura Kull, Wauseon; sister, Mrs. 
Verna S. Burradell, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the 
Penrod Mortuary. Burial will be in Wauseon Cemetery. The body will be in the 
mortuary after 1 p.m. today. Masonic services will be conducted at the mortuary 
at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and military rites will be conducted at the grave by the 
American Legion. 

Funeral Home Pamphlet: Services: Monday - 2 P.M. February 13, 1961 Penrod 
Funeral Home, Wauseon, Ohio Minister Officiating: Rev. M. Dale Humbert 
Burial: Feb 13, 1961, Wauseon Union Cemetery, Fulton County, Ohio 
Cause of Death: Bronchogenic CAof Rt. Lung with mediastinal metastasis per 
death certificate 

Census: Jan 17, 1920, Dover, Fulton County, Ohio 

Degree: 1910, Medical Degree, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 
Education: Bef. 1910, West Kentucky College, Mayfield. Kentucky 
Medical Internship: 1910, National Jewish Hospital, Denver 
Military service 1: Corporal for Kentucky National Guards for 2 years w 
Military service 2: Bet. 1917 - Apr 1919, WWI- Medical Corps 
Occupation: 1910, Physician and Surgeon 

Notes for ETHEL LURLINE TAYLOR: 

Funeral Home Pamphlet: Services First Christian Church; Wednesday Morning. 
March 20 At 1 1:00 O’Clock Minister Officiating: Rev. George R. Reese 
Burial: Mar 20, 1985, Wauseon Union Cemetery, Fulton County, Ohio 
Cause of Death: Advanced artherosclotic heart disease, generalized 
artheroschrosis 

Medical Information: Also had cerebral arthroschrosis/ Fractured hip with hip 
replacement 

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM EVERS and ETHEL. fAYl OR: 

As per Laura Schultes 

Lurline’s wedding dress was made by her mother, Eliza Jane 1 lenton. 


Children of WILLIAM EVERS and ETHEL TAYLOR are: 

164. i. JAMES TAYLOR’ EVERS, b. Jul 29. 1 9 1 2, Illinois; d. Jul 1 5, 1 996, Neptune, 

Monmouth County, New Jersey, 

ii. WILLIAM VASTINE EVERS, b. Sep 1915; d. Sep 1915. 

165. iii. LAURA JANE EVERS, b. Dec 01, 1916. Tedrow. Fulton County, Ohio; d. Mar 23, 

1996. Wauseon. Fulton, Ohio. 


106 . Grover Oswell 6 Feezor (Susie William Johnson* Evers, William 
Henry Warren 4 , John Alexander*, William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was born 
Feb 14, 1889 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died Jan 17, 1975 in McCracken 
County, Kentucky” 62 . He married MARY M COLLER. She was bom Abt. 1887 in 
Graves County, Kentucky, and died Dec 22, 1968 in Graves, Kentucky” 65 . 

More About GROVER OSWELL FEEZOR: 

Burial: Jan 1975, Little Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census: 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky” 6 ^ 

More About MARY M COLLER: 

Burial: Dec 1968, Little Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census: 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky //<w 

Children of GROVER FEEZOR and MARY COLLER are: 

i. ROBERT K 7 FEEZOR" 62 , b. Aug 1 1 , 1 9 1 0, Graves County, Kentucky'"”; d. Jan 1 9, 
2003, Boaz, Graves County, Kentucky"' 5 - 5 . 

Date born 2: 1911, Kentucky" 66 

Census; 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky" 66 

SSN issued: Kentucky" 67 

ii. MABLE FEEZOR, b. Jun 28, 1913, Graves County, Kentucky" 6 *. 

Name 2: Mabel Feezor" 6 * 

Census; 1920, Hausmann, Graves County. Kentucky" 66 

iii. NEOMA FEEZOR, b. Jan 09, 1915, Graves County, Kentucky" 7 ". 

Census: 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky" 7 ' 

iv. JAMES GILBERT FEEZOR, b. Apr 08, 1917, Graves County, Kentucky; d. May 
31, 1928, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky"’-. 

Burial: Jun 01, 1928, Little Boaz Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Cause of Death: ?, Nephritis and Endocarditis following measles"’ 2 
Census: 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky" 72 


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Medical Information: Informant was P.R. Brown. 

107 . James Thomas 6 Feezor (Susie William Johnson 5 Evers . william 
Henry Warren*, John Alexanders William 1 . Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Sep 
22, 1894 in Kentucky, and died Nov 22, 1976. He married NORA LEE K.ALER Oct 
19, 1917 in McCracken County, Kentucky, daughter of DAVID KALER and MARY 
DERRINGTON. She was bom Sep 1 1, 1896 in Graves County, Kentucky, and died 
Sep 22, 1933 in Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois. 

More About JAMES THOMAS FEEZOR: 

Census: Jun 25, 1900, Graves County, Kentucky 

WW I Draft Registration: Jun 05, 1917, Medium/slender build with gray eyes and 
dark color of hair 

More About NORA LEE KALER: 

Burial: Sep 1933, Symsonia Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Children of JAMES FEEZOR and NORA KALER are: 

166. i. JAMES LEVEL 7 FEEZOR. b. Jun 01, 1918. Kentucky: d. Mar 1964. Illinois. 

167. ii. EDGAR LEE FEEZOR. 

168. iii. WILMA FEEZOR. 

108 . Annie Mae 6 Feezor (Susie William Johnson* Evers. William Henry 
Warren 4 , John Alexander 1 , William 1 . Phillip 1 eavers) ,,UM75M76 was bom 
Aug 29, 1896 in Kentucky, and died Aug 24, 1974. She married PERRY ROSCOE 
BROWN //77 // :SAl79 Aug 1919 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois, son of JOHN 
BROWN and MARY FLETCHER. He was bom Aug 26, 1894 in Kentucky //s ’" //v/ , 
and died Feb 11, 1954 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky'". 

More About ANNIE MAE FEEZOR: 

Census: Jan 12, 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky'" 

Residence 1: 1930, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky'" 

Residence 2: 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky 

More About PERRY ROSCOE BROWN: 

Burial: Feb 1954, Highland Park Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky 
Census 1: 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky'" 


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Census 2: 1930, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 7755 
Occupation: 1930, Studebaker Auto Dealer 77 * 6 

Children of ANNIE FEEZOR and PERRY BROWN are: 

i. PERRY ROSCOE JR. 7 BROWN 77 * 7 " 7 * 7 , b. Aug 16, 1920, Graves, Kentucky"* 9 ; d. 
Aug 05, 1921, Graves, Kentucky" 90 . 

Burial: Aug 06, 1921, New Spring Creek, Graves County, Kentucky" 97 
Cause of Death: Acute Entericcolitis 7797 

169. ii. HELEN KATHLEEN BROWN, b. Nov 26, 1921, Boaz, Graves County, Kentucky; 
d. Nov 01, 2001, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. 


109 , Gracie 6 Feezor (Susie William Johnson 5 Evers, William Henry 
Warren 4 , John Alexander?, William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) 1,911 l93JIHl195 was bom 
May 12, 1900 in Kentucky 7795 , and died Jul 26, 1985 in Paducah, McCracken 
County, Kentucky 77 95 . She married RUDY LESTER MOORE May 22, 1929 in 
Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, son of JOHN MOORE and LUCINDA 
BROWN. He was born Oct 15, 1897 in Hardmoney, McCracken County, 
Kentucky, and died Dec 03, 1966 in Hardmoney, McCracken County, Kentucky. 

More About GRACIE FEEZOR: 

Census 1: 1910, Magisterial District 8, Graves County, Kentucky 779 * 

Census 2: Jan 12, 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky 7796 

Children of GRACIE FEEZOR and RUDY MOORE are: 

170. i. MARGUER1ETE ELIZABETH 7 MOORE, b. Sep 09, 1922, Graves County, 
Kentucky. 

ii. HILDA JANE MOORE, b. May 28, 1924; m. JOHN CHARLES COOPER. 

iii. JUDITH FEEZOR MOORE, b. Oct 02, 1933; m. EDWIN BOYD RUDOLPH. 

iv. PATRICIA ANN MOORE, b. Jun 29, 1 937; m. KENNETH JOE HOLLIDAY. 

110 . Marguerette 6 Feezor (Susie William Johnson* Evers, William 
Henry Warren? John Alexander? William 2 , Phillip' Eavers) 1200 was bom 
1902 in Graves County, Kentucky. She married RAYMOND K. BOAZ Apr 20, 
1924. He was bom 1900 in Kentucky, and died Mar 31, 1965 in Graves County, 
Kentucky 7 " 777 . 

More About MARGUERETTE FEEZOR: 


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Census 1 : 1910, Magisterial District 8, Graves County, Kentucky'-™ 

Census 2: Jan 12, 1920, Hausmann, Graves County, Kentucky'-™ 

Census 3: Apr 09, 1930, Graves County, Kentucky'-™ 

More About RAYMOND K. BOAZ: 

Burial: Apr 1965, Spring Creek Church of Christ Cemetery, Grav es County, 
Kentucky 12115 

Census: Apr 09, 1930, Graves County, Kentucky'-" 6 
Occupation: 1930, Farmer 

Children of MARGUERETTE FEEZOR and RAYMOND BOAZ are: 

i. CHARLOTTE 7 BOAZ, b. Abt. 1 925. Kentucky. 

Census: Apr 09, 1930, Graves County, Kentucky 1:1,6 

ii. WILLIAM G BOAZ, b. Jul 26, 1926, Graves County, Kentucky " , 

Census: Apr 09, 1930, Graves County, Kentucky 7 -’ 0 * 


ill. Birdie Ann 6 Green (Francis Marion 5 , Louisa Hellen* Evers, John 
Alexanders , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Jul 21, 1889, and died May 
02, 1976 in Kentucky. She married JOHN PURYEAR WILKERSON, son of LAIN 
WlLKERSON and ELUEL PREYER. He was born Sep 19, 1886 in Graves County, 
Kentucky, and died Sep 28, 1949 in Hickory, Graves County, Kentucky. 

More About BIRDIE ANN GREEN: 

Burial: After May 2, 1976, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Kentucky 
More About JOHN PURYEAR WlLKERSON: 

Burial: Sep 30, 1949, Green’s Chapel Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky - ,v 
Cause of Death: Lymphatic Leukemia for 4 years'-™ 

Medical Information: Informant was Mrs. John Wilkerson 
Occupation: Farmer 

Child of Birdie Green and John Wilkerson is: 

i. J.P. RAY 7 WILKERSON, b. May 08, 1 926; d. May 27. 1957. 

Burial: May 1957, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Kentucky 


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112 . Ressie Marion 6 Green (Francis Marion 5 , Louisa Hellen 4 Evers, 

John Alexander 5 , William 1 , Phillip 1 E avers) was bom Oct 08, 1895 in 
Graves County, Kentucky, and died Jan 23, 1933 in Graves County, Kentucky. 

She married EZRA CECIL VAUGHAN/VAUGHN, son of GEORGE VAUGHAN and 
PENELOPE Adams. He was bom Sep 25, 1890 in Kentucky, and died Feb 10, 
1922 in Graves County, Kentucky. 

More About RESSIE MARION GREEN: 

Burial: Nov 24, 1933, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Kentucky 
Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage 

More About EZRA CECIL VAUGHAN/VAUGHN: 

Burial: Feb 10, 1922, Old Green Family Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky aka 
Pleasant Grove Cemetery 
Cause of Death: Meningitis 
Occupation: 1922, Farmer 

Children of RESSIE GREEN and EZRA VAUGHAN/VAUGHN are: 

171. i. DORTHEA LOUISE 7 VAUGHAN, b. Dec 24, 1916; d. Jul 30, 1974. 

172. ii. OWENG. VAUGHAN, b. 1918; d. 1991. 

173. iii. WILMA CECIL VAUGHAN, b. Oct 08, 1922, Kentucky; d. Jun 06, 1945, Mayfield, 

Graves County, Kentucky. 

113 . EUNICE MILDRED 6 EVERS (ALBERT WARREN 5 , JAMES ALBERT LAFAYETTE 4 , 
John Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 E a vers) was bom Abt. 1902 in Gays, 
Illinois. She married JOHN H MEYER 7 "" 7 Sep 13, 1921 in Metropolis, Massac 
County, Illinois 7 "", son of WILLIAM MEYER and ANNA. He was bom Jan 20, 

1896 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

More About EUNICE MILDRED EVERS: 

Census 1: 1920, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 727 - 
Census 2: Apr 09, 1930, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan 

More About JOHN H MEYER: 

Census: 1930, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan 7 -" 73 


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Occupation: Apr 09, 1930, Car Washer in garage in Lansing, Michigan ' 
Marriage Notes for EUNICE EVERS and JOHN MEYER: 

This was the first marriage for the couple and both were residing in or near Grand 
Chain, Illinois. John was a farmer at the time of the marriage. The witnesses 
were Luther L. Evers and Ethel M. Evers and married by O.E. Connett, Minister 
of Gospel. John listed his occupation as a farmer at the time of the marriage. 

Children of EUNICE EVERS and JOHN MEYER are: 
i. W WARREN 7 MITER'- 1 ' 3 , b. 1923. Illinois'-' 3 . 

Census: 1930, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan'-' 3 

ii. EVANGELINE M MEYER'- 1 ' 3 , b. 1924. Illinois'- 1 ' 3 . 

Census: 1930. Lansing, Ingham, Michigan'"' 3 

iii. FLORENCE M MEYER'-' 3 , b. 1925. Michigan'-' 3 . 

Census: 1930. Lansing, Ingham, Michigan'- 1 ' 3 

iv. J DARRELL MEYER'- 1 ' 3 , b. Feb 03, 1926, Michigan'-'*; d. Feb I989'-" 4 . 

Census: 1930. Lansing. Ingham, Michigan'- 1 ' 

SSN issued: Nebraska' 1 ''’ 

v. ANNA K MEYER'-' 9 , b. 1928. Michigan'-' 9 . 

Census: 1930, Lansing. Ingham, Michigan'- 1 ' 9 


114 . HOLLY MARCUS 6 LlPPERT (CYNTHIA CAROLINE- EVERS, JAMES ALBERT 
Lafayette \ John Alexander*, William 2 , Phillip 1 Eaters) was bom Oct 30. 
1899 in Illinois, and died Jul 16, 1930 in Pulaski County, Illinois. He married 
Ruth Madden. 

More About HOLLY MARCUS LlPPERT: 

Burial: Jul 18, 1930, Boaz/Anderson Cemetery, Boaz, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis 

Children of HOLLY LlPPERT and RUTH MADDEN are: 

i. LEON 1 LlPPERT. 

ii. LORENE LlPPERT. 

iii. FLOYD LlPPERT. 

iv. WINNIFER LlPPERT. 

v. EDWIN AARON LlPPERT, b. Feb 08, 1930; d. May 19. 1930, Metropolis. Massac 
County, Illinois. 

Burial: May 21, 1930. Anderson Cemetery, Massac County. Illinois 


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115 . Claude Luther 6 Lippert (Cynthia Caroline 5 Evers, James Albert 
Lafayette 4 , John Alexander?, William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was bom Jim 
18, 1901 in Illinois, and died Nov 14, 1974. He married GOLDA HELMIG. She 
was bom Mar 27, 1908, and died Feb 17, 1993 in Paducah, McCracken County, 
Kentucky. 

More About CLAUDE LUTHER LIPPERT: 

Burial: Nov 1974, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
More About GOLDA HELMIG: 

Burial: Feb 1993, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 
Cause of Death: Certificate #0432 Vol.#4 /22fl 

Children of CLAUDE LIPPERT and GOLDA HELMIG are: 

i. EVA JUNE 7 LIPPERT. 

ii. DORIS C. LIPPERT, b. Sep 17, 1931; m. JACK MORGAN MACE; b. Jun 11, 

1 92 1 ;d. Sep 09, 1 995, m. Jun 26, 1965. 

More About JACK MORGAN MACE: 

Burial: Sep 1995, Lower Salem Methodist Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

iii. CLAUDIA L. LIPPERT. 


116 . Flossie May 6 Evers (James Oliver \ James Albert Lafayette 4 , John 
Alexander 3 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Feb 26, 1900 in Hillerman, 
Massac County, Illinois, and died Dec 18, 1992 in Grand Chain, Pulaski County, 
Illinois' 227 . She married JOHN RUSSELL MClNTIRE, son of JOHN MClNTIRE and 
ESSIE/EFFIE GAUNT. He was bom Oct 09, 1896 in Illinois, and died Dec 15, 

1968 in Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 7222 . 

Notes for FLOSSIE MAY EVERS: 

Flossie resided in Southern Illinois and for most of her 92 years lived in the same 
home in Grand Chain, Illinois. She was a valued member of her community and 
church congregation. She was known in the family for her caring and jovial spirit. 
She was also favored her family with a sweet and warm-bread smelling kitchen as 
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“visit with friends and family in her living room while accommodating her short 
stature with a favorite footstool. 

Burial: Aft. Dec 18, 1992, Masonic Cemetery, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, 
Illinois 

Census: 1920, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois'”-* 

Social Security Number: 1961, Issued in 1 1 1 inois'-’- 7 ^ 

More About JOHN RUSSELL MClNTIRE: 

Burial: Dec 17, 1968, Masonic Cemetery, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, 

Illinois'- 25 

Cause of Death: CVA-2 Days; 1 yr Essential Hypertension 

Medical Information: Subject was found unconsciousness in the barn on his farm 

Occupation 1: Dec 1968, Farmer-Stock 

Occupation 2: 1930, U.S. Post Master'” 15 

Census 2: 1930, New Grand Chain, Pulaski, Illinois'-” 

Social Security Number: Bet. 1954 - 1955, Issued in Illinois'” 5 
Children of FLOSSIE EVERS and JOHN MC INTIRE are: 

i. MARSHALL 1 MClNTIRE, b. Oct 21, 1919, Pulaski County, Illinois: d. Oct 21. 
1919. Pulaski County. Illinois. 

Burial: Aft. Oct 2 1, 1919, Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery. Pulaski County. Illinois 

ii. JAMES RUSSELL MClNTIRE, b. Apr 05, 1921. Pulaski County. Illinois: d. Dec 
03, 1925, Pulaski County, Illinois. 

James was hit by an automobile while riding a tricycle, dying ofa skull fracture as a 
young boy. 

Burial: Aft. Dec 03, 1925, Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery, Pulaski County, Illinois 

174. iii. MARGARET LUCILLE MClNTIRE, b. Mar 28, 1925, Pulaski County, Illinois. 

175. iv. ORPHA MILDRED MClNTIRE, b. Feb II. 1927, Pulaski County. Illinois; d. Nov 

23, 2001, Riverton, Sangamon County, Illinois. 


117. F LO R A L UC Y 6 E V ERS (JA MES OLIVER 5 , JA MES A I.BER l L. I FA ) E I TEL*, J( )H.\ 
Alexander 21 , william 2 , Phillip 1 eavers) was born Oct 09 , 1 90 1 in Illinois'”', 
and died Aug 17, 1991 in Thorton, Cook County, Illinois' \ She married ( 1 ) 
George Arthur Colbert. He was born in Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois. 
She married ( 2 ) HARRY CLARY Nov 1937 in Covington, Indiana. 


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Notes for FLORA LUCY EVERS: 

Flora married and divorced George Colbert of Cairo, Illinois. She married Harry 
Clary in November 1937 in Covington, Indiana. She lived in several communities 
in southern and south central Illinois, eventually moving to Harvey, Illinois where 
she lived for many years. She was an office manager and bookkeeper for several 
businesses, the last being an Oldsmobile dealership. She was a loving mother and 
grandmother. She was known by her family as an intelligent, sophisticated and 
charming business woman who knew how to dress for the part. 

Social Security Number: Bef. 1951, Issued in Illinois 7225, 1229 

Child of Flora Evers and George Colbert is: 
i. GEORGE ARTHUR 7 COLBERT. 

Died at age 6 months of pneumonia 

Child of Flora Evers and Harry Clary is: 

176. ii. JOAN EVERS 7 CLARY, b. Aug 10, 1933; d. May 20, 2007, Weirsdale, Marion 
County, Florida. 


118 . James Leo 6 Evers (James Oliver \ James Albert Lafayette*, John 
Alexander \ william 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom May 07, 1903 in Grand 
Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 7 - 30 , and died Feb 15, 1949 in Rector, Clay County, 
Arkansas. He married BLANCHE MAE BLASDEL Nov 08, 1924 in Mound City, 
Pulaski County, Illinois, daughter of WILLIAM BLASDEL and CLARA LOUTHAN. 
She was born Sep 13, 1907 in Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois, and died Jan 
15, 2001 in Rector, Clay County, Arkansas 7 - 37 . 

Notes for JAMES LEO EVERS: 

Leo died in Rector, Arkansas a few months after the birth of his 4th son, Larry Jo, 
from a cardiovascular accident. 

Name 2: Leo J Evers 7332 

Cause of Death: Cardiovascular accident. 

Census 1: 1910, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 7233 
Census 2: 1920, Karnak, Pulaski County, Illinois 723 ' 7 
SSN issued: Arkansas 7235 


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More About BLANCHE MAE BLASDEL: 

SSN issued: Arkansas 

Marriage Notes for JAMES EVERS and BLANCHE Bl.ASDEL: 

Marriage Record #3 1923-1936 Pulaski County, Illinois. This was the 1st 
marriage for the couple and they were married by Roy N. Kean, Minister. Leo's 
occupation at time of marriage was a lineman. At the time of the marriage, Leo 
was residing in Centralia, Illinois and Blanche in Grand Chain, Illinois. 

Children of JAMES EVERS and BLANCHE BLASDEL are: 

i. HOMER RUSSELL 7 EVERS, b. Sep 06. 1925, Pulaski County. Illinois 7 *-"; d. Sep 
02, 1993, Valley Village, Los Angeles, California; m. ELIZABETH ROSS' \ Feb 
14, 1971, Las Vegas, Nevada'-' 7 '. 

Notes for HOMER RUSSELL EVERS: 

Death Obit - The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, September 18, 1993 
Homer R. "Russ" Evers, 67, of Los Angeles, formerly of Rector. Ark.. Grand 
Chain, Illinois, and Memphis, retired employee of Santa Fe Railroad, died Sept. 2. 
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Funeral home of Rector 
with graveside services at Woodland Heights Cemetery there. Fie was a World War 
II veteran who attained the rank of sergeant. He was a graduate of Memphis School 
of Commerce and a lead singer with the Jack Stalkup band. Mr. Evers, the w idower 
of Bette Evers, leaves his mother, Blanche Evers of Rector, two sisters. Helen 
Bunch of Memphis and Virginia Smith of St. Charles. Mo., and two brothers. Jim 
Evers of Seattle and Larry Evers of Rector. 

Military; Mar 07, 1945, Camp Joseph T Robinson Little Rock, Arkansas - ' 
Occupation: 1945, Geographer according to WWII draft records 
Residence 1 : 197 1, California'-’-’’''' per his marriage application 
Residence 2; 1 945. Clay, Arkansas'-'" per his Army enlistment papers 
Social Security Number: Issued in Indiana'-'"-’'-’ 

More About ELIZABETH ROSS: 

Residence: 1971, California'-’' 7 per her marriage application. 

ii. HELLEN EVERS, b. Feb 1928, Clay County, Arkansas; m. GERCHI BUNCH. 
Census: 1930, Oak Bluff, Clay. Arkansas'-’" 

Residence 2: 2001, Memphis, Tennessee 

iii. JAMES ROBERT EVERS, b. 1931, Clay County, Arkansas. 

iv. VIRGINIA EVERS, b. 1934. Rector. Clay County, Arkansas. 

v. LARRY JO EVERS, b. 1948. Rector. Clay County. Arkansas. 


119. Clara Hester 6 Evers (James Oliver 5 , James Albert Lafayette?, John 
Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 Eaters) was bom Mar 25, 1905 in Pulaski 
County, Illinois 7275 , and died 1995 in Anna, Union County, Illinois. She married 
WALTER Lester CARAKER 7276 Apr 05, 1925 in Marion County, Illinois, son of 
JOHN CARAKER and VIRGINIA HINES. He was bom Sep 05, 1896 in Illinois 72 * 5 , 
and died Jan 28, 1960 in Williamson County, Illinois. 

Notes for CLARA HESTER EVERS: 

Clara was known by her family as the one with a twinkle in her eye and as quick 
witty conversationalist with faultless memory. She, like her other sisters, was 
a devoted daughter. She spent a few years as the primary care giver for her 
failing mother. She was a proud mother and grandmother, frequently traveling 
to northern Illinois from Anna for visits with her daughters and grandchildren 
and would stop by Centralia on the way home to see family. She married Floyd 
Mclntire about 1965-1967. They resided in Anna, Illinois until their deaths. 

More About CLARA HESTER EVERS: 

Burial: 1995, Anna City Cemetery, Union County, Illinois 
Census 1: 1910, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 72 ’* 7 
Census 2: 1930, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois 7275 7279 

More About WALTER LESTER CARAKER: 

Burial: Aft. Jan 28, 1960, Anna City Cemetery, Union County, Illinois 
Census: 1930, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois 7250 - 72 - 57 

Children of CLARA EVERS and WALTER CARAKER are: 
i. VIRGINIA L 7 CARAKER'- 75 -’, b. 5927, Illinois'-’ 5 ’. 

Census: 1930, Mounds, Pulaski County, Illinois'*’ 52 
177. ii. SUE CAROLYN CARAKER, b. Sep 23, 1934, Illinois; d. May 28. 1980. 


120. Orpha Eliza 6 Evers (James Oliver 5 , James Albert Lafayette?, John 
Alexander 5 , William 2 , Phillip 1 E avers) was born Feb 12, 1909 in Grand 
Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 1:53 , and died Feb 12, 2001 in Centralia, Illinois. 
She married HUBERT PUMPHREY 7257 May 13, 1930 in Nashville, Illinois. He was 


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born Jun 08, 1896 in Illinois, and died Dec 25, 1966 in Centralia, Marion Countv. 
Illinois 7 - 35 . 

Notes for ORPHA ELIZA EVERS: 

Death Obit Orpha Pumphrey, Centralia Sentinel, Wednesday, February 14, 2001 
Orpha Evers Pumphrey, 92, of Centralia died at 08:55 a.m. Monday, February 
12th at Fireside Nursing Elome in Centralia. She was born February 12, 1909, in 
Pulaski County, daughter of James Oliver and Lucy (Miller) Evers. She married 
Hobart “Tobie” Pumphrey on May 13, 1930, in Nashville and he preceded her in 
death on December 25, 1966. 

She is survived by three step-grandchildren: Helen Svob of Tucson, Arizona, 
Dorothy Ballard of Los Cruces, N.M., and Mary Alice Pena of Wilcod, Arizona; 
seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-great grandchildren; a step daughter- 
in-law, Virginia Pumphrey of Tucson, Arizona, a sister-in-law, Ruth Evers of 
West Chester, Ohio; four nephews, James Evers of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jimmie 
Evers of Woodenville, Washington, Larry Evers of Rector, Arkansas and Scott 
Evers of Margaret, Florida; nine nieces, Barbara Evers Loughman and Nancy 
Evers, both of West Chester, Ohio, Mildred Caldwell of Riverton, Illinois, Joan 
Crisman of Thorton, Illinois, Virginia Banczak of Ocala, Florida, Margareth 
South of Ft. Meyers, Florida, Ramona Creech of Henderson, Nevada, Shirley 
Stroup of Keifer, Oklahoma, Virginia Smith of Rector, Arkansas and Helen Buch 
of Memphis, Tennessee; and special friends Leona Koelling Jonas of Centralia 
and Iris Montgomery of DuQuion, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her 
husband, her parents; a step-son, W. Howard Pumphrey: five brothers, Jimmie 
Evers, Virgil Evers, Russell Evers, Leo Evers and Johnny Evers; and three sisters, 
Flossie Mclntire, Clara Mclntire and Flora Clary. Mrs. Pumphrey, a resident 
of Centralia most of her life, was an operator for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. In 
later years, she did home nursing care. She was a member of the Seventh Day 
Adventist Church, where she held offices, including treasurer for 25 years. 
Services will be held at 1 1 a.m. Thursday at Pacey Funeral I lome in Centralia 
with the Rev. Earl Simmons officiating. Interment will be at the I lillcrest 
Memorial Park. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the service on I hursday at the 
funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity ol the donor's choice and 
will be received at the funeral home. 

Burial: Feb 15, 2001, Hi 1 lerest Memorial Park, Marion County, Illinois 


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Census: 1910, Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois 7256 
SSN issued: Illinois 7257 

More About HUBERT PUMPHREY: 

Name 2: Hobart Pumphrey 7255 

Census: 1930, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois 7255 

SSN issued: Illinois 727 ’ 9 

Child of ORPHA EVERS and HUBERT PUMPHREY is: 

i. W. HOWARD 7 PUMPHREY, b. Abt. 1918, Illinois. 
Howard is from a previous marriage of Hubert's 


121 . Jimmie 6 Evers (James Oliver 5 , James Albert Lafayette?, John 
Alexander \ William 1 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was bom Nov 14, 1910 in Pulaski 
County, Illinois, and died Sep 24, 1983 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio 72677 . 
He married RUTH EILEEN HOYER Jul 05, 1937 in Stewardson, Shelby County, 
Illinois, daughter of WILLIAM HOYER and NELLIE ELLIOTT. She was bom Aug 
10, 1919 in Stewardson, Shelby County, Illinois, and died Oct 02, 2008 in West 
Chester, Ohio. 

Notes for JIMMIE EVERS: 

Jimmie was a natural, dedicated athlete who made a career as an educator, coach 
(football, basketball and track), and Athletic Director. He began his professional 
career in Stewardson and Warrensburg, Illinois. For a short period of time, he 
served as a guard in the Federal Penitentiary, Chillicothe, Ohio and then returned 
to teaching and coaching (football and basketball) in Greenfield, Illinois. In 
1942 he was recruited to his hometown of Centralia, Illinois to teach (physical 
education and history) and coach track, football and basketball at Centralia 
Township High School. He and Ruth had three daughters Patricia Eileen, 
Barbara Ellen and Nancy Ann. He retired from active coaching after a series of 
cardiovascular incidents but assumed a role as Athletic Director of Kaskaskia 
College for a few years before relocating in retirement with his wife, Ruth, to 
Richland, Michigan in 1981. He resided there with his daughter Barbara and her 
husband, Terry, and sons until his death, September 24, 1983. 


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Death Obit - Jimmie Evers - Centralia Sentinel, Saturday, September 25, 1983 
Jimmie J. Evers, 72, of Richland, Michigan, former Centralia High School 
teacher, coach and athletic director, died yesterday morning while visiting his 
daughter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born in Pulaski County, Mr. Evers was the son of 
James Oliver and Lucy (Miller) Evers. On July 5, 1937, at Stevvardson (Shelby 
County, Illinois) he married Ruth Eileen Hoyer, who survives. Mr. Evers joined 
the Centralia High School staff in 1942 and retired in 1969. He was a member of 
the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia, as was affiliated with several 
Centralia organizations before moving to Richland, Michigan, in 1981. Survi\ing 
in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Dr. Barbara Loughman of Richland, 
Michigan, and Dr. Nancy A. Evers of Cincinnati, Ohio; four sisters, Orpha 
Pumphrey of Centralia, Flossie Mclntire of Grand Chain, Clara Caraker Mclntire 
of Anna and Flora Clary of Harvey; and five grandchildren. Funeral services 
will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church with 
Rev. Edwin Evans officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Friends 
may call at the Luer Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and until 1 1 
a.m. Tuesday, then at the church until the services. Memorials may be made to 
the First Presbyterian Church, the American Heart Fund or Alzheimer Disease 
Association and will be received at the funeral home. 

Sunday, September 25, 1983; Centralia Sentinel - J. Evers, CHS Sports Legend, 
Dies in Ohio 

Centralia Hall of Fame coaching, legend Jimmie Evers died suddenly yesterday 
at Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia, Ohio, while visiting his daughter. Evers 
was a resident of Richland, Michigan, where he moved after leaving Centralia in 
1981. 

Evers was one of the most successful coaches in Centralia's history in three 
different sports - track, football and basketball. Evers is the man who took over 
for the nationally known Arthur Trout after Trout sulfered a stroke during the 
1950-5 1 season. Evers served as Trout's assistant coach and was a former player 
under Trout at Centralia. Trout coached basketball from 1915 and football from 
1925 until he was stricken by the illness. Evers made a name for himself at the 
Centralia helm after he got the chance to coach the Orphans when I rout retired. 
He was known mostly for his coaching on the gridiron but gained respect and 
recognition for the exploits of both his Orphans track and basketball squads. 


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Evers did exceptionally well replacing Trout although it was hard to take over 
from a 3 7 -year legend. He coach the varsity basketball team from 1951 through 
1959, and had a 184-75 winning 71% of his games during those years. That’s 
respectable by any standards at any level. 

The football and track field in Centralia is called the “Evers Field” as Jimmie had 
been a coach there. 

Honor 1: 1931, Student Athlete with Jacksonville College 

Honor 2: 1978, Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame 

Honor 3: 1978, Illinois High School Football of Coaches Hall of Fame 

Honor 4: 1981, Charter Selectee Centralia Sports Hall of Fame 

Notes for RUTH EILEEN HOYER: 

Ruth was bom in Stewardson, Shelby County, Illinois on August 10, 1919. She 
was the daughter of William Jacob Hoyer (b. Mar 18,1889, d. Aug 11, 1953) and 
Nella A. Elliott Hoyer (b. Dec 14, 1896, Big Neck, 111. m. Nov 12, 1916, d. May 
13, 1962). She had four brothers and sisters. She lived in Stewardson until her 
marriage to Jimmie J. Evers, a teacher in Stewardson, on July 5, 1937. She was 
a homemaker and devoted wife and mother. She distinguished herself with her 
community and family, giving total commitment of time and her person to the 
welfare of her well-known husband as he withdrew from public life because of 
failing health. She resided with her daughters, Barbara Evers Loughman and 
Nancy Arm Evers until her death. 

Obituary - Cincinnati.com October 3, 2008 

Evers, Ruth Eileen Hoyer, 89, of West Chester, Ohio passed away at 8:00 A.M. 
Thursday October 2nd at her home in West Chester. She was born August 1 0, 

1919 in Stewardson, IL, the daughter of William Jacob & Nella Elliott Hoyer. 

She married Jimmie Evers July 5, 1937 and he preceded her in death in 1983. 

Mrs. Evers is survived by her two daughters: Dr. Barbara Evers Loughman 
and Dr. Nancy Ann Evers both of West Chester; by one sister: A. Joy Thomas 
of Frankfort, IN; by 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; 1 great great 
grandchild, and one dear friend with whom she shared her home; Ms. Pamela 
Fulks. Funeral services for Ruth Evers will be held at 1 1 :00 A.M. Monday 
October 6, 2008 at the Lakeside Chapel of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Centralia, IL 
with the Reverend Ed Evans officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until 


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the service hour. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Park. For those 
who wish memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of 
Centralia or to the Hospice of Cincinnati and will be received at the funeral home. 
Burial: Oct 06, 2008, Hillcrest Memorial Park, Centralia, Illinois 

Children of JIMMIE EVERS and RUTH HOVER are: 

178. i. PATRICIA EILEEN EVERS, b. Feb 26. 1938. Decatur, Macon Countv. Illinois; d. 

Aug 30, 1981, St. Louis, Missouri. 

179. ii. BARBARA ELLEN EVERS, b. Oct 26. 1940. Frankfort. Indiana. 

iii. NANCY ANN EVERS, b. Oct 08. 1946. Centralia. Marion County. Illinois. 

Nancy graduated from Centralia Township High School in 1964. In 1968. she 
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State 
University in Normal, 111. She was an elementary school teach in Janesville. VVis. 
1968-1971. While working at the Wisconsin Research and Development Center 
for Cognitive Learning, she earned a Master's of Science degree in Curriculum and 
Instruction in 1972 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education Administration 
in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing her graduate 
studies, she directed a national staff development project at the Wisconsin R&D 
Center. In 1976. she accepted a faculty position in Educational Administration at 
the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. She became a full Professor of Educational 
Leadership and Urban Educational Leadership. Her research interests are in the 
areas of educational leadership, change, women in educational leadership, and 
interpersonal relationships. She has published books, book chapters, rev iews. 
journal articles and training materials. In addition to her publications, she has made 
numerous presentations at international, national, regional and local conferences \t 
the University of Cincinnati, she has served as Dean of the College of Education. 
Flead of the Department of Educational Leadership and Program Coordinator 
of Educational Administration and she has provided national leadership through 
serving as President of the University Council for Educational Administration. 
Chairperson of the National Commission on Women in Educational Leadership, 
and a member of the National Policy Board in Educational Administration. Vmong 
her honors, she is the recipient of the prestigious University ot C incinnati Barbour 
Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award, and she was an invited participant at the 
Oxford Round Table held at the University of Oxford, Oxford. England. She led the 
creation of the Urban Educational Leadership doctoral program at the 1 niversitv ot 
Cincinnati and has taught many graduate courses, including \ Study ol t hange and 
Change Techniques." I ler beloved students practice educational leadership around 
the world. She currently lives in West Chester. Ohio. 

122 . Virgil David 6 Evers (James Oliver'. James Ai.beri IaFayeite*. Jons 
ALEXANDER 3 , WILLIAM 2 , PHILLIP 1 EAVERS) was born Dec 03, 1012 in Illinois, and 


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died Oct 22, 1979 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 7267 . He married MILLIE ANN 
(FARRIS) TIBBS. She was bom Jan 30, 1919 in Oklahoma 7267 , and died Jul 16, 
1997 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma 7267 . 

Notes for VIRGIL DAVID EVERS: 

Virgil Evers was 10 years old when the James Oliver & Lucy Evers family moved 
to Centralia, Illinois. He attended public schools in Centralia. Virgil Evers and 
his family spent several years in the Chicago area (South Holland) where he 
worked at one time with his Uncle Hubert H. Evers as an installer of tile. He 
returned to Centralia in the early 195Q’s where he was an owner/operator of a 
neighborhood grocery store. Virgil and his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, 
where he worked for American Airlines for several years. Virgil and Millie Evers 
had three children Shirley Ann, Scott David and Jimmie. 

Death Obit, Tulsa Tribune, October 23, 1979 

Evers, Virgil David, 66, 6302 N. Garrison, (Tulsa, OK) passed away Monday. 
Survived by: wife, Millie; 1 daughter, Shirley Stroup, Tulsa, 2 sons, Scott D. & 
James Roy, both of Margate, FL; 4 grandchildren; 1 brother, 4 sisters. Service 2 
pm Wednesday, Turley Methodist Church, internment, Memorial Park Cemetery. 
Moore’s East lawn Chapel 622-1 155. 

Tulsa Tribune, October 22, 1979, Deaths 

Evers, Virgil D., 66, of 6302 N. Garrison Ave., electroplater for American 
Airlines, Monday (Moore’s Eastlawn) 

More About VIRGIL DAVID EVERS: 

Burial: Oct 24, 1979, Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma 

Census 1: 1920, Karnak, Pulaski County, Illinois 7262 

Census 2: 1930, Centralia, Marion County, Illinois 7262 

Social Security Number: Bef. 1951, Issued in Illinois last residence Tulsa, 

Oklahoma 726 ^ 1265 

Notes for MILLIE ANN (FARRIS) TIBBS: 

Death Notice - Tulsa World, July 19, 1997 Sunday 

Owasso - Millie Ann Evers, 78, homemaker, died Wednesday. Services 1 1 am 
Monday. Moore’s Southlawn Funeral Chapel. 


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Burial: Jul 21, 1997, Memorial Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma 
SSN issued: Oklahoma 7 - 65 

Children of VIRGIL EVERS and MILLIE TIBBS are: 

i. SHIRLEY ANN 7 EVERS, b. Apr 28, 1944; m. ( 1 ) //BUTLER; m. (2) SI ROUP. 
Shirley has several children and has lived in the Tulsa. Oklahoma area for all of her 
adult life. She currently (2007) resides in Kiefer. Oklahoma. 

ii. SCOTT DAVID EVERS, b. Nov 03, 1946; m. CHERYL: b. Abt. 1951. 

Scott and his wife (Cheryl) are teachers and taught in Florida for man> \ears. The\ 
have twin son. They are retired and currently (2007) live in Valparaiso, Indiana. 

iii. JIMMIE EVERS. 


123 . Raymond Russell 6 Evers (James Olivers James Albert Lafayette*, 
John Alexander 1 , william \ Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Sep 09, 1917 in 
Illinois, and died May 24, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas. He married ( 1 ) JOSE PI I INI 
Bef. 1945. He married (2) NAOMI DELPHINE (METZGER) WARD Bef. 1954. She 
was bom Jul 26, 19 14 7 - 65 , and died Mar 22, 2003 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas 7 -' 6 '. 

Notes for RAYMOND RUSSELL EVERS: 

Russell was born in Pulaski County, Illinois and moved to Centralia, Illinois when 
his parents James Oliver and Lucy Evers moved to Centralia, Illinois in 1923. He 
graduated from Centralia Public Schools and attended and graduated from the 
University of Illinois. Russell, as he is known to his family, and Josephine, his 
first wife, had two children Ray and Ramona. Ray died as an infant in Colorado. 
Russell served his country with a distinguished military career in the Army Air 
Force. During World War II he was a bomber pilot in the European Theater. He 
was an early proponent of the use of the helicopter to support army ground troops. 
He was a helicopter pilot and served in Korea and in Vietnam. On his return from 
Vietnam, he was stationed at Ft. Rucker where helicopter pilot training was his 
specialty. He married Naomi Delphine (Metzger) Ward. She was born June 26, 
1914 and died March 22, 2003 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. I hey had a 
son, John “Johnny” Russell Evers, born December 26, 1955. Russell died in 1967 
after a courageous battle with brain cancer. 

Burial: May 31, 1967, Ft. Sam Flouston National Cemetery, San Antonio Texas 
Section 2B, Site 3096 


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Military service 1 : Served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam 

Military service 2: Bet. Nov 30, 1946 - Nov 29, 1966, Last rank was Colonel in 

US Army 

More About NAOMI DELPHINE (METZGER) WARD: 

Burial: Mar 28, 2003 
SSN issued: California 7265 

Children of RAYMOND EVERS and JOSEPHINE are: 

i. RAY 7 EVERS, b. Bef. ! 955; d. Bef. 1 955, Colorado. 

Died in Colorado as an infant. 

ii. RAMONA EVERS, b. 1945; m. (i) // BRYANT; m. (2) // CREECH. 

Child of Raymond Evers and Naomi Ward is: 

iii. JOHN RUSSELL 7 EVERS, b. Dec 26, 1 955, Bexar County, Texas. 


124 . Evelyn Marie 6 Evers (Luther Lafayette 5 , James Albert Lafayette 4 , 
John Alexanders, William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Aug 23, 1906 in 
Massac County, Illinois 7 - 66 , and died Nov 21, 1929 in Rd. District #6, Massac 
County, Illinois. She married JOHN HENRY MEYER Apr 30, 1925 7267 , son of 
WILLIAM MEYER and Anna MESCHER. He died Aft. 1966. 

Notes for EVELYN MARIE EVERS: 

Death Obit - Mrs. J.H. Meyer Passes Away 

Evelyn Marie Evers, daughter of Luther L. and Ethel Bayless Evers, was born at 
Hillerman in Massac County on August 23rd, 1906. She professed religion when 
but a child and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. Being left motherless 
at fifteen years of age, she mothered her six younger brothers and sisters well. 

On April 29, 1925, she was married to John H. Meyer at Metropolis. To this 
union were bom two sons, Robert James who precedes her in death, and George 
Louis, now fourteen months old. She leaves to mourn her departure, her beloved 
husband, John H. Meyer and son George Louis, her father, Luther L. Evers, 
her brothers Paul, Rolland, Trevelyn and Joe and sisters, Mary Francis, Stelsa, 
Vivienne, Helen and Harriett, and a host of friends for everyone who knew Evelyn 
was her friend. 


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If we feel that there is one less tie on earth, there is one more binding us to 
heaven. Burial was at Liberty Ridge Cemetery. 

Burial: Nov 23, 1929, Liberty Ridge Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois'-'' ' 

Cause of Death: Acute Endocarditis 

Census: Apr 29, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 

Medical Information: Death Certificate #0640174 Filed 1 1 -23- 1 929 / AV 

Children of EVELYN EVERS and JOHN MEYER are: 

i. ROBERT JAMES' MEYER, b. Aug 10, 1926, Massac County, Illinois: d. Mar 02, 
1927. Rd. District #6. Massac County, 1 1 1 inois'- 

Name 2: Bobby Jim 

Burial: Liberty Ridge Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 

ii. GEORGE LOUIS MEYER, b. Abt. 1929, Massac County. Illinois: d. Jan 2009. 
Military service: Korean War 


125 . James Paul 6 Evers (Luther Lafayette?, James albert Lafayette*, 
John Alexander?, William Phillip 1 Eaters) was born Jan 06, 1908 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Nov 26, 2007 in Bradenton, Florida. Fie married ( 1 ) 
Florence Jeanette Kennedy Oct 05, 1930, daughter of Charles Kennedy 
and ELLEN Garrett. She was born Apr 15, 1912 in Illinois, and died Jul 2 I , 
1979 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 7 - A Paul later married (2) EVLL'i \ 
FUQUA after Florence’s death, and that marriage later ended in divorce. 

Notes for JAMES PAUL EVERS: 

James Paul Evers was bom January 6, 1908 near Hillerman, Illinois, to Luther 
LaFayette and Ethel Bayless Evers. Paul’s twin, Inez Pauline, did not survive. 
Paul’s mother had nine children before passing away in 1922, and his stepmother 
Nell helped raise him and his brothers and sisters, including three more children 
Luther had with her. 

As a young man he drove his father, Luther, who was Superintendent of 
Schools, over the entire local area where he learned many details and much ot 
the history and romance of Massac County. Throughout the years, those who 
loved hearing his stories have sought Paul out many times for his know lodge and 
appreciation of history. 

Paul went to the University of Illinois alter graduating from high school at 


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Metropolis in 1927. He married Jeanette Florence Kennedy on October 5, 1930, 
and they had four children; Georgia Ann, Charles, Janice and Byron. 

Paul’s love of the water led him to work to the Great Lakes and oceans. He 
worked his way as an engineer from tugboats to freighters, tankers and troop 
transports ships. After going to sea in 1963, he made many trips to Germany 
and India. He was on the last ship through the Suez Canal before the 1967 Gulf 
War. He learned many things while sailing around the world 17 times. Seeing 
many beautiful, historic and yes sometimes sad things, he always loved “home” in 
Metropolis best of all. 

In July of 1997, Paul was honored on his 89 1/2 birthday with a reunion of 
all family and friends followed by a picnic appropriately held on the banks of the 
Ohio River. More than a hundred family and friends from all over the Americas 
attended. It was a “special time” and for some of them it was their last time to be 
together. 

There were many “close calls” that nearly called him home to be with the 
Lord earlier, but thru God’s Grace and Paul’s lifelong skills of survival we were 
blessed to enjoy being with him for over 99 years. We are grateful and blessed 
to have him in our lives, and to help us preparing a book on the Evers family in 
history. 

Due to his health, Paul’s later years were being spent living in Bradenton, 
Florida on the banks of the Manatee River where he enjoyed going for walks, 
reading and seeing his family and friends. He was a man who was very much 
loved and treasured. He had been a life-long member of the First Methodist 
Church of Metropolis, and loved being a brother in Christ and supporting other 
faiths as well. 

Name 2: Paul Evers 

Census 1 : Apr 02, 1910, Hillerman, Massac County, Illinois 7 - 7 - 
Census 2: Jan 13, 1920, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 
Census 3: Apr 05, 1930, Grant Precinct, Massac County, Illinois 

Notes for FLORENCE JEANETTE KENNEDY: 

First and always a homemaker yet she found time to develop her many talents. 
During WWII, she served her country by working at the Thomas A. Edison in 
Cairo as a finish grinder manufacturing detonators, the explosive device used in 
torpedoes. After the war, she worked as a supervisor for the Normandy Frock 


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Company, a manufacturer of ladies wear. Florence was self-taught designer, 
specializing in home interior renovation, furniture restoration and upholstery; 
as well as fashion design. Her little girl fashions were sold at Marshall Fields. 
Florence had a great love of history and she lived long enough to see her lifetime 
dreams fulfilled. She had worked tirelessly seeking support, funds, and labor to 
restore the Eli Curtis Civil War era home to its original glory. It is now home for 
the Massac County Historical Society, for which she served as Vice President, 
and was responsible for restoring the Kennedy Cemetery northeast of Metropolis. 
She was equally dedicated to the Rebeccah Lodge and took her service as Noble 
Grand as a great honor. 

Burial: Jul 23, 1979, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Illinois'-'-' 

Cause of Death: Cardiorespiratory Failure- Immediate; Bronchopneumia, 
Bilateral-few days 

Census: Apr 03, 1930, Grant Precinct, Massac County, Illinois 
Medical Information: Carcinomatosis-6 months. Informant-Paul Evers 
Occupation: Homemaker, self taught interior designer and antique restorer. 

Social Security Number: Bef. 1951, Issued in Illinois'-’ v 

Children of JAMES PAUL EVERS and FLORENCE KENNEDY are: 

180. i. GEORGIA ANN 7 EVERS, b. Mar 22, 1934, Metropolis, Massac Count). Illinois, 
ii. CHARLES LAFAYETTE EVERS, b. Dec 06. 1940, Cairo. Alexander County, 

Illinois; d. Jun 11, 1944, Cairo, Alexander County. Illinois. 

Born December 6, 1940 in Cairo, Illinois and died on June 13, 1944. In 2006 at the 
age of 98. his father James Paul lamented on the loss of their son, “You never get 
over losing your child." 

Burial: Jun 13, 1944, Miller Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois. His remains were 
later moved to the family plot next to his mother's grave at the Masonic Cemetery. 
Cause of Death: Peritonitis for I week due to ruptured appendix for two weeks 

181. iii. JANICE KAY EVERS, b. Jul 08. 1946, Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois. 

182. iv. BYRON LYNN EVERS, b. Jan 22, 1948, Cairo, Alexander County. Illinois. 

126. Mary Frances 6 Evers (Luther Lafayette \ James albert Lafayette*. 
John Alexander', William 2 , Phillip 1 Eaters) was bom Feb 1 1, 1909 in 
Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois'- ", and died Apr 23, 1983 in Massac 
Memorial Hospital, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois' . She married ( \l \ l\ 
SHELTON Dec 31, 1931 in Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois \ son of I RI D 
SHELTON and MARY BONIFIELD. He was born Jan 16, 1903 in Metropolis, 


Massac County, Illinois 7279 , and died Nov 25, 1966 in St Mt. Mission Rd, Massac 
County, Illinois 7 - 50 . 

Notes for MARY FRANCES EVERS: 

Mary Frances Evers came into this world on February 1 1, 1909 daughter of 
Luther L. and Mary Ethel Bayless Evers. Graduating from Murray College in 
1929, she began her teaching career. After 35 years of dedicated teaching, she 
retired and turned her interest to collecting and restoring antiques from the early 
1900’s. She also became known for her knowledge and interest in antique fruit 
jars. Frances married Calvin Shelton on New Year’s Eve in 1931. Calvin was 
the son of Fred Douglas and Mary Lou Bonifield Shelton. Frances and Calvin 
set up housekeeping in the Shelton homeplace located on the Old Jonesboro 
Road. On a snowy Thanksgiving night in 1935, Frances gave birth to a daughter, 
Mary Jim. Mary Jim married G.H. “Bud” Parker in 1953. Bud was the son of 
H.B. and Della Parker Sr. Bud and Mary Jim also made their home in Massac 
County and increased the county’s population by two, Lynn Ann and Stuart Wade. 
Lynn married John W. Hess in 1977. John is the son of Way and Edna Lowrance 
Hess. John and Lynn have two sons, Eric Michael and Blake Parker Hess. 

Wade married Alicia Futrell in 1985, daughter of Buck and Shirley Futrell from 
Marshall County, Kentucky. 

Burial: Apr 26, 1983, Liberty Ridge Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 7257 7252 

Cause of Death: Acute Pulmonary Edema 1 hour. Myocardial Ischaemia and 

Congestive Heart Failure 7252 

Graduation: 1929, Murray College, Kentucky 7255 

Hobby: Collecting & restoring antiques from early 1900’s 7255 

Medical Information: Informant was Mary Jim Parker (daughter) 

Occupation: 1929, Teaching for 35 years 7255 

More About CALVIN SHELTON: 

Burial: Nov 27, 1966, Liberty Ridge Cemetery, Massac County, Illinois 7257 7255 
Cause of Death: Acute Thrombosis 15 min, Chronic Arteriosclerotic Heart 
Disease 2 yrs 7256 

Medical Information: Chronic Bronchitis with Bronchieatasis 10 years 7256 
Occupation: Carpenter 


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Marriage Notes for MARY EVERS and CALVIN SHELTON: 

This was the first marriage for the couple and both were residing in Metropolis at 
the time of their marriage. Their witnesses were Maggie Simpson Hill and May C 
Jackson and they were married by Sam L. Copeland, Police Magistrate. Calvin’s 
occupation at the time of the marriage was farming. 

Child of Mary Evers and Calvin Shelton is: 

I8j. i. MARY JIM SHELTON, b. Nov 28. 1935. Massac County, Illinois. 

127. Rolland 6 Evers (Luther Lafayette 5 . James Albert Lafayette'. Johs 
Alexander \ William 2 , Phillip 1 Eavers) was born Jun 07, 1 9 1 1 in Massac 
County, Illinois, and died Feb 15, 2002 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

He married MARIAM MILDRED WALTERS Apr 23, 1933 in Metropolis. Massac 
County, Illinois, daughter of CLARENCE WALTERS and NELLIE PHELPS. She was 
bom Sep 07, 1915 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois, and died Apr 04. 2002 
in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois'-*' 5 . 

Notes for ROLLAND EVERS: 

Death Obit of Rolland Evers (The Metropolis Planet, February 20, 2002) 

Rolland Evers, 90, of Metropolis, died Friday, February 15, 2002 at Tender 
Loving Care Center in Metropolis. Mr. Evers was a member of Christian Church 
in Metropolis, where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher. Surv ivors 
include his wife, Mariam; two daughters. Sue Summer and husband Ronnie and 
Ann Eichom and husband, all of Metropolis; one son, Daniel Evers of Avon Park, 
Florida; five grandchildren, Evelyn Worden of Glendale, AZ, Elizabeth Hooker 
of Paducah, Elaine Snyder of Elbum, Pat Dresser of Metropolis and Cindy Cobb 
of Avon Park, Florida; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; one 
sister, Vivienne Schulkins of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; one brother, Paul Evers 
of Metropolis, one half brother, Joe Evers of Jacksonville, and one half sister, 
Harriett Weaver of Paraguay. He was preceded in death by his parents, I uther 
L. and Ethel Mary Bay less Evers, five sisters, one brother and one half brother. 
Funeral service was Monday at Aikens Farmer Funeral I lome ol Metropolis vv ith 
Rev. Mike Duncan officiating. Burial followed in Metropolis Memorial Gardens. 
Pallbearers were Bill Cartwright, Joe Cunningham, I lenry Foss, Fred Rehlmeyer, 
Wayne Glass and Carl Horntrop. Honorary pallbearers were Don McQueen, Joe 


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Paul Shelton, Bob Elliott and Bob Wiseman. 

Name 2: Daniel Albert Rolland Evers 

Burial: Feb 18, 2002, Memorial Garden, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 7256 
Cause of Death: End Stage COPD; CHF 7256 

Funeral: Feb 18, 2002, Aikens-Farmer Funeral Home, Metropolis, Massac 
County, Illinois' 256 

Occupation 1: 1940, Truck Driver' 257 
Occupation 2: 1937, Coal Dealer 7257 

Notes for MARIAM MILDRED WALTERS: 

Death Obit Metropolis Daily Planet 

Mariam Evers, 86, of Metropolis, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 at Tender Loving 
Care Center in Metropolis. Mrs. Evers was a member of First Christian Church in 
Metropolis and worked at Mittendorf’s Food Center in Metropolis for many years. 
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Summer and husband Ronnie and Ann 
Eichorn and husband Charles, ail of Metropolis; one son, Daniel Evers of Avon 
Park, FL; five grandchildren, Evelyn Worden of Glendale, A Z, Elizabeth Hooker 
of Paducah, Elaine Snyder of Elbum, Pat Dresser of Metropolis and Cindy Cobb 
of Avon Park; eight great-grandchildren ; one great-great grandchild; two sisters, 
Anna Schwegman and Elizabeth Arrison, both of Metropolis; two brothers, James 
Walters Sr. and Phil Walters, both of Metropolis; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland Evers, her parents, Clarence 
and Nellie Phelps Walters; and one brother, Clarence Walters. Funeral service 
was held Sunday at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Mike 
Duncan officiating. Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens, Pallbearers 
were Leonard Adkins, Henry Foss, Bill Cartwright, Joe Cunningham, Mutt 
McDearmon and Jeff Cunningham. 

Burial: Apr 07, 2002, Memorial Gardens, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 7255 
Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure - hours 
Medical Information: Informant - Sue Summer (daughter) 

Marriage Notes for ROLLAND EVERS and Mariam WALTERS: 

ROLLAND EVERSES CELEBRATED 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 
—The Paducah Sun, Paducah, Kentucky- 
Metropolis, IL— Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Evers of Metropolis celebrate their 50th 


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wedding anniversary April 24 with a reception. Hosted by their children, the 
event will be at First Christian Church from 2 to 4 pm. All friends and relatives 
are invited to attend. Mr. and Mrs. 

Evers were married April 23, 1933 in Metropolis by her uncle, the late Dellie 
Dennis. Mrs. Evers, the former Mariam Walters is the daughter of the late Mr. 
and Mrs. Clarence Walters. Mr. Evers is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther 
L. Evers. The couple has three children; Dan Evers of Avon Park, Florida, Ann 
Dresser of DeKalb and Sue Yates of Metropolis. They have five grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. 

Children of ROLLAND EVERS and MARIAM WALTERS are: 

184. i. CYNTHIA SUE EVERS, b. May 12, 1937, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. 

185. ii. ANN ELIZABETH EVERS, b. Apr 13, 1939, Metropolis. Massac Count). Illinois. 

186. iii. DANIEL ROLLAND EVERS, b. Jun 05. 1940. Metropolis, Massac County. Illinois. 

128 . Stelsa Ethel 6 Evers (Luther Lafayette \ James Albert LaFayetteJ, 
John Alexander 3 , william 2 , Phillip 1 eavers) was born Jul 31, 1913 in 
Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois, and died May 29, 1994 in Metropolis, 

Massac County, Illinois. She married JOSEPH BRAY BRYANT Jul 15, 1938, son 
of George Bryant and Edna Kell. He was bom Jul 04, 1912 in St. Louis, St. 
Louis County, Missouri, and died Dec 26, 1966 in Metropolis, Massac County, 
Illinois. 

Notes for STELSA ETHEL EVERS: 

Death Obit Metropolis Planet - Stelsa Bryant 

Stelsa E. Bryant, 80, 1601 Market St., died Sunday, May 29, 1994 at her home. 
Mrs. Bryant was retired from Massac Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse. 
Surviving are one son, Joe B. Bryant and w ife Virginia of Jacksonville; one 
daughter, Barbara Bryant of Metropolis; three grandchildren, Christopher Kell 
Bryant of Nashville, TN, Sherri J. Thompson of San Diego, California and 
Melissa K. Kunkle of Carlyle; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Paul Evers 
and Rolland Evers, both of Metropolis and Dr. Joe Evers ot Beverly, KA and 
two sisters, Vivienne Schulkin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I larriett Weaver ot 
Paraguay, South America. She was preceded in death by her parents, I uther and 
Ethel Bayless Evers; her husband, Joe; one great-granddaughter, two brothers 
and four sisters. Funeral service was Wednesday afternoon at first l United 


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Methodist Church where she was a member. Reverend Bob Smith and Dr. Joe 
Evers officiated, and Susan Ramage was the organist. Burial followed in Masonic 
Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Chris Bryant, Lynn Ann Hess, Jessica 
Moreno, Jane Ann Comeau, Dan Evers, and Kevin Evers. Miller Funeral Home 
was in charge of arrangements. 

Burial: Jun 01, 1994, Masonic Cemetery, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 

Notes for JOSEPH BRAY BRYANT: 

Death Obit - Joseph Bryant 

Joseph Bryant bom July 4th, 1912 in St. Louis, Missouri to George and Edna Kell 
Bryant and died Dec. 26, 1966 in Metropolis, at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 
22 days. His father died when he was a small child and he was raised by Murdoch 
McGregor, his step-father. Mr. Bryant was raised in Joppa and graduated from 
the Joppa High School. Mr. Bryant was in the furniture business in Metropolis 
for many years and for several years and until the time of the Bonifield Gas 
Station. He was a member of the First Methodist Church; Masonic Lodge 
(Knight Templar), Elks Lodge No. 1428, long time member of the Metropolis Fire 
Department and a former member of the High School Board. He is survived by 
his wife, son daughter-in-law; Mrs. Virg